Former NBA All-Star Amare Stoudemire is under a massive wave of criticism for making some homophobic statements during a recent interview. When he was asked what he’d do if he found out he had a gay teammate, he made it clear he’d go out of his way to avoid him.
“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire said in an interview with Israeli website Walla Sport. “And I’m going to drive — take a different route to the gym.”
He was then asked if he was joking and responded with, “I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.”
This isn’t Stoudemire’s first display of homophobia. Back in 2012 when he was still playing for the New York Knicks, he wad fined $50,000 after tweeting a gay slur at a fan.
Stoudemire was in the NBA for 13 years but now plays for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League, according to ESPN.
With the first openly gay NBA player only coming out in 2014, the league and professional sports have a long way to go when it comes to being inclusive, especially if a player is able to have a 13-year career while holding these kinds of sentiments.