Amare Stoudemire Apologises For ‘Offensive Comments Against The LGBTQ Community’

Basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire, a star forward for the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem, apologised for comments which were taken to be anti-gay.

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“I want to apologise for my offensive comments against the LGBTQ community. These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and all my answers had a comedic undertone,” Amare Stoudemire said in a statement released by Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire previously told the Israeli website Walla Sport that he would “shower across the street” if he found out he had a gay teammate. The statement quickly caused a media firestorm.

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