Amar’e Stoudemire

What was the accusation?

On February 28, 2017, former NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire told Israeli news site Walla Sport that if he had a gay teammate, he would “shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner. I’m going to drive…take a different route to the gym.” He also told the interviewer, when asked if he were joking, that “there’s always a truth within a joke.” The next day, Stoudemire issued an apology for his comments, calling them “comedic” responses to hypothetical questions.

Key Apologia Strategies:

Mortification, Minimization




“I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community. These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and all my answers had a comedic undertone.The answers I gave were meant to be taken as jokes, and I am deeply sorry for offending anyone.”


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