MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Miami Heat big man Amare Stoudemire was asked about the possibility of having a gay teammate, and his response has caught many by surprise.READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis signs property insurance, condo safety reforms into law
“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.”
Stoudemire plays for Israeli professional team Hapoel Jerusalem.
During an interview with members of the team, they were asked if anyone would have an issue with a gay teammate.READ MORE: South Florida homeowners hoping newly-passed legislation will provide some relief from skyrocketing insurance rates
While other players gave responses like “I wouldn’t have a problem,” Stoudemire took the opportunity to apparently speak his mind.
Asked if he was joking, Stoudemire responded, “I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.”
Back in 2012 while playing for the New York Knicks, Stoudemire was fined $50,000 for tweeting a gay slur at another user.
Following the incident, he issued a statement apologizing for his tweet.MORE NEWS: South Florida’s international airports expecting major increase in Memorial Day weekend travel
“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” Stoudemire said. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.”