Amare Stoudemire says he would avoid gay teammate

JERUSALEM (AP) Former NBA star Amare Stoudemire has told an Israeli sports website he would avoid a gay teammate.

Of a gay teammate, Stoudemire tells Walla Sport, ''I'm going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner.''

When asked if he was joking, he said ''there's always a truth within a joke.''

Stoudemire now plays for a Jerusalem team in the Israeli Premier League.

When he was with the Knicks in 2012, Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the NBA after he tweeted a gay slur at a fan. He apologized for that incident in a statement, saying he's ''a huge supporter of civil rights for all people.''

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.