Former NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire on Wednesday apologized for his comments in which he said he would avoid a teammate if the player were gay.
"I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community," Stoudemire said in a statement. "These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and all my answers had a comedic undertone."
In an interview with Israeli website Walla Sport, the 34-year-old Stoudemire said he would "shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner," if he had a gay teammate.
Asked during the interview if he was joking, Stoudemire responded, "I mean, there's always a truth within a joke."
However, in Wednesday's statement, he said he was just being humorous about the whole interview.
"The answers I gave were meant to be taken as jokes, and I am deeply sorry for offending anyone," Stoudemire said.
The 6-foot-10 center is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League. Some teammates interviewed for the piece said they "wouldn't have an issue" with a gay teammate.
While he was playing for the Knicks, Stoudemire was fined $50,000 after he tweeted a gay slur at another user during the 2012 offseason. He issued an apology after that incident.