Amar’e Stoudemire is just one of several professional athletes who have shown signs of homophobia.
Amar’e recently came under fire for suggesting he would “shower across the street” to avoid gay players in the locker room. But Stoudemire, who has used gay slurs in the past, joins a laundry list of famous men who have publicly admitted to being homophonic.
In March 2016, Manny Pacquiao compared gay people to animals and then published a biblical reference about homosexuality being punishable by death. “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female,” he said during an interview. “If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
Following Manny’s remarks, he was dumped by Nike.
In 2012, NFL player Brandon Spikes outright tweeted that he was homophobic.
During an interview on a radio show in 2011, NFL player DeSean Jackson called a man a “gay-ass f*****.” He later apologized, but then suggested, “Wanna bring me down but I’m OK. They trying to knock me off but I’m still on!”
Jackson’s homophobic comments came just five months after appearing on The View to support a 13-year-old boy who had been bullied and attacked at school.
Kobe Bryant, believe it or not, was fined $100,000 back in 2011 after calling referee Bennie Adams a “fa****.” His comment came after Adams called an offensive foul during a game against the Spurs. That foul became the now retired athlete’s 15th technical of the season.
At the time, NBA Commissioner David Stern called Bryant’s comments “offensive and inexcusable.”
Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver cam under fire back in 2013 when he suggested on the way to the Super Bowl he doesn’t let gay people on the team.
When asked by comedian Artie Lange if there were any homosexuals on the the squad, he responded: “No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do…. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.”
Former Sacramento Kings player Jason Williams did not bite his tongue when throwing out a gay slur at a heckling fan. In 2011, Williams lashed out on a Golden State Warrior spectator who called the NBA player a skinhead. “Are you a f**? Are you gay,” Williams shouted to the fan. “Do you remember the Vietnam War? I’ll kill y’all just like that. Rat-a-tat-tat.”