Amar’e Stoudemire is now saying sorry for “joking” about the possibility of showering with a gay teammate.
“I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” Stoudemire said in a statement to ESPN. “These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and all my answers had a comedic undertone.”
Stoudemire added that the answers he gave to reporters were “meant to be taken as jokes” and apologized for offending anyone.
During an interview with Israeli news outlet Walla Sport, the former Knick made headlines with homophobic comments about the idea of playing with a gay player.
“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire replied, “and I’m going to drive — (and) take a different route to the gym.”
When asked if he was joking, Stoudemire said “There’s always a truth within a joke.”
Since he made the comments, gay basketball players have spoken out against Stoudemire.
Jason Collins also posted on Twitter pointing out how ironic it was that Stoudemire was the recipient of MLK Award for tolerance.
Stoudemire left the NBA in 2016 and has been playing overseas for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel since.