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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013, file photo, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire smiles before shooting a free throw during the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Stoudemire retired Tuesday, July 26, 2016, after signing a contract with the Knicks with much less fanfare than the $100 million deal he inked six years ago to halt the team's downward spiral. "Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple," he said in a statement. "Once a Knick, Always a Knick." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Amar'e Stoudemire made homophobic remarks days after being honored for promoting tolerance


Former NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire was asked how he'd feel if a teammate was gay.

Stoudemire, who plays for and co-owns Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel, did not hold back.

"I'm going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner, and drive, take a different route to the gym," Stoudemire said.

Other Israeli Basketball Premier League players in the same news segment as Stoudemire said they would be fine with a gay teammate.

Would you have a problem with a gay teammate? Amare Stoudemire & others respond

WATCH | Here's Stoudemire's response.

When asked if he was making a joke, Stoudemire responded, "There's always a truth within a joke." 

ESPN reports that when Stoudemire was in the NBA, he was fined $50,000 for tweeting a gay slur. In his apology, he wrote, "I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people."

On Sunday, Stoudemire accepted the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for promoting diversity and tolerance, The Huffington Post reports.

Stoudemire's critics did not hold back.


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