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Former NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire says he wouldn't shower near a gay teammate

Former NBA player Amar'e Stoudemire made it clear in a recent interview that, if he ever had an out gay teammate, he would go out of his way to show he had a problem with it.

In a recent interview with Israeli outlet Walla Sport, Stoudemire, who spent more than a decade in the NBA and now plays for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, was asked how he would react to having a gay player on his team, CBS Sports reported Tuesday.

"I'm gonna shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner," Stoudemire told the outlet. "And I'm gonna drive — take a different route to the gym." When asked if he were joking, Stoudemire responded, "I mean, there's always a truth within a joke."

Source: YouTube

Stoudemire has a history of making homophobic comments. In 2012, during his stint with the New York Knicks, he sent a direct message to an angry fan in which he called the fan a "fag," the Huffington Post reported. Stoudemire was later fined $50,000 by the league.

Stoudemire issued an apology, saying, "I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people. I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse."

But his recent comments indicate he hasn't quite learned his lesson. Ironically, just this past weekend, Stoudemire was given the Consulate General of Israel in New York's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award, an honor reserved for "individuals and organizations promoting ethnic and cultural understanding."

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Amar'e Stoudemire through his career
Amare Stoudemire of Hapoel Jerusalem during the EuroCup Top 16 Round 2 basketball match between Zenit and Hapoel Jerusalem at the Yubileyni Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, January 18, 2017. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Phoenix, AZ - June 27: Amare Stoudemire #32 the ninth pick overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2002 NBA Draft meets the media at The America West Arena on June 27, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Barry Gossage/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Amare Stoudemire gets congratulaed by a friend in the green room after being selected number nine overall by the Phoenix Suns during the 2002 NBA Draft at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2002 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER : User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by M. David Leeds/NBAE/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Amare Stoudemire #32 of the Phoenix Suns shoots a free throw during the preseason game against the New York Knicks on October 12, 2002 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The Suns won 94-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - DECEMBER 2: Amare Stoudemire #32 of the Phoenix Suns shoots over Vladimir Stepania #50 of the Miami Heat during the game at America West Arena on December 2, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Heat won 100-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by: Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 5: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands alongside Amare Stoudemire #32 of the Phoenix Suns during the game at Staples Center on January 5, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Suns 109-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 8: Amare Stoudemire #32 of the Phoenix Suns poses for a portrait prior to the got milk? Rookie Challenge, part of the 2003 NBA All-Star Weekend at Phillips Arena on February 8, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - APRIL 1: Stephon Marbury #3 (left) talks to his teammate Amare Stoudemire #32 (right) of the Phoenix Suns during the game against the Denver Nuggets at America West Arena on April 1, 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns won 95-65. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - OCTOBER 30: Amare Stoudemire #32 of the Phoenix Suns dunks over the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on October 30, 2003 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Cavaliers 95-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRAURY 13: Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns drives for a reverse dunk during the 2004 got milk? Rookie Challenge during the NBA All-Star Weekend at Staples Center February 13, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 29: Amare Stoudemire #12 of the USA Olympic Men's Basketball Team shoots a free throw during a scrimmage against the Puerto Rico National Team in preparation for the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on July 29, 2004 in Jacksonville, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - DECEMBER 08: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns grabs the rebound over Ryan Gomes #4 of the Boston Celtics on December 8, 2006 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - MAY 8: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns goes up for a shot in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on May 8, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns won 101-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 11: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns shoots a jumper during the game against the Houston Rockets on April 11, 2008 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Rockets won 101-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 30: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts to a call during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 30, 2008 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - DECEMBER 25: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers in an NBA Game played on December 25, 2009 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks talks to the media on July 8, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 30: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks aims for a free throw during the game against the Orlando Magic on December 30, 2010 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The Magic won 112-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew Berstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks looks to rebound against the Orlando Magic during a game on March 28, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks jokes with Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers before their game at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2012 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 116-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Alexis Welch (L) and NBA player Amare Stoudemire attend '12-12-12' a concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy presented by Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 6: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards during the game at the Verizon Center on February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 26: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks is seen in the stands watching the game between the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on December 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 02: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Center on March 2, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 28: Amar'e Stoudemire #5 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena on December 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Former NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire shoots during a basketball training session with his new club Hapoel Jerusalem in Jerusalem on October 7, 2016. Stoudemire, who followed a winding path from poverty to professional basketball fame in the United States, has embarked on a new journey. After an NBA career that began with great promise before being cut short by injuries, Stoudemire has decided to make Jerusalem his home, becoming the most famous name to ever join the Israeli league. / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
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