Retired NBA player Amar'e Stoudemire deserves backlash for making anti-gay comments during an interview. In telling an Israeli news source that he would go out of his way to avoid interacting with any gay teammate, the Hapoel Jerusalem player sent a very public message of intolerance, which seems to be prevalent in the world of sports, writes Greg Cote in the Miami Herald. As this is the second time Stoudemire has been called out for homophobia, he should pay a high price for his bigotry.
The former NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire says he was joking when he made comments about avoiding a gay teammate at all costs during an interview with the Israeli press. Amid a backlash for making such comments, the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball player apologized for offending the LGBT community with his comments that, he says, were meant to be taken as a joke, reports TMZ. Stoudemire also says that he's willing to open a dialogue to assist the LGBT community in its fight against intolerance.