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‘I’m going to shower across the street’: Former NBA All Star Amar’e Stoudemire says he would AVOID a teammate if he found out he was gay
- Amar’e Stoudemire told Israeli news site that he would avoid a gay teammate
- The former NBA star has been playing for Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club
- He said ‘there’s always truth within a joke’ when asked about his comments
- Stoudemire was fined $50,000 in 2012 after tweeting a gay slur during the offseason
- Openly gay athlete, John Amaechi, said Stoudemire should not ‘flatter himself’
Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has come under fire after suggesting he would avoid a teammate if he found out he was gay.
The ex- New York Knicks forward, who joined Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club in 2016, told Israeli news site Walla Sport, that he would be uncomfortable around a homosexual teammate.
The news site interviewed multiple Israeli basketball players on their thoughts on having a gay player on their team.
Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire told Israeli media he would be uncomfortable if he had a gay teammate
‘I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,’ Stoudemire said.
‘And I’m going to drive…take a different route to the gym,’ he added.
When the reporter asked the 34-year-old if his comments were in jest, Stoudemire said: ‘I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke.’
Other players interviewed said a homosexual teammate would not bother them.
‘No, I don’t have a problem with it at all,’ one said. Another said a gay teammate would not be an issue if ‘as long as he didn’t mess’ with him.
John Amaechi, 46, who is openly gay, criticized the basketball player for his comments and said Stoudemire should not ‘flatter himself’
Ex-NBA player, and openly gay athlete, John Amaechi has slammed Stoudemire for his homophobic comments.
‘These are serious times and we need serious people to lead important conversations, not petulant man-children spouting puerile prejudice,’ Amaechi told TMZ Sports.
‘There is already one too many of those holding court in the media, and the world is poorer for it. Within the world of sport there are plenty of true role models, on and off the floor, whose words are carefully chosen to uplift and integrate society not join Trump and his grinning cabal in their ‘locker room banter.’
‘In these tumultuous times, these true role models are the men and women whose voices we need to disseminate to every corner, not a braying jacka** making a desperate grab for relevance amongst a constituency destined for extinction.
‘Lastly, could someone please tell this man to stop flattering himself. It’s embarrassing.’
In 2012, Stoudemire was ordered to pay $50,000 after tweeting a gay slur at another user during the Knicks off-season.
He later addressed the incident in a statement and apologized to his fans, ESPN reported.
‘I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,’ he said.
‘I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.’
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments on Monday in Packingham v. North Carolina and Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions [SCOTUSBlog reports]. In Packingham [transcript, PDF] the court considered whether a law that bans the use of social media for registered sex offenders is permissible under First Amendment precedent. In the case at hand, petitioner, a registered sex offender, was arrested for a Facebook post in which he celebrated the dismissal of a traffic ticket. Petitioner argued that the North Carolina law preventing the use of social media is “a stark abridgment of Freedom of Speech.” First he argues that it prohibits conduct unrelated to the preventative purpose of the statute citing the fact that the accused activity had no dealings with minors. Petitioner also argued that in today’s society, social media is a main platform for communication that cannot be barred in its entirety under the First Amendment. Petitioner also made the distinction between creating a statute that prevents this conduct for life for all sex offenders versus conditions of parole in specific circumstances, which are appropriate under First Amendment considerations. Respondent in turn argued that the ban of social media is simply the next step in today’s society. For years, states have banned sex offenders from places where children congregate such as schools, playgrounds and parks. With the advancement in social media, it is a necessary step for the state to also ensure sex offenders do not partake in virtual places where children now spend their time.
In Esquivel-Quintana [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether consensual intercourse between a 21-year-old and a person who is almost 18 constitutes “sexual abuse of a minor,” which is an aggravated felony. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) [INA index], such a conviction constitutes grounds for mandatory removal. Petitioner in the case argued that a definition of sexual abuse as is related to age has a general cutoff of 16 years old or younger. Petitioner stated that while the statue itself did not prescribe an age requirement, various state precedent as well as Congress’s use of the same language in another criminal statute make it clear that 16 is the required age for sexual abuse. Respondent replied that as the definition is vague that the Attorney General and the Board of Immigration Appeals, who were given authority over administering and interpreting the INA should be shown deference in their judgment. Furthermore, Respondent argued that a multi-jurisdiction survey for the definition of “sexual abuse” was inappropriate as compared to a general dictionary definition for the interpretation of a minor as well as defining abuse as a type of activity that regardless of consent, “contain[s] the potential for harm or risk because of … the relationship between the parties involved.”