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Premiere of EPIX Original Documentary 'Amar'e Stoudemire: In The Moment' - Arrivals

Amar’e Stoudemire is agreeing with one aspect of Donald Sterling’s recent comments. The New York Knicks power forward voiced his opinion that the NBA should be more involved in helping out communities.

He doesn’t necessarily agree with the Los Angeles Clippers owner’s controversial racial slurs, but he does concede that Black NBA players can do more. Amar’e told the Daily News:

“There is a lot going on, but I do agree with Donald Sterling that us NBA players have to step up and do more for our community,” Stoudemire told Confidential. “We need to really see the effects of the work we put in to help with the community. It’s a tough situation right now.”

If you remember, Donald Sterling told Anderson Cooper, “Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. And some of the African-Americans, maybe I’ll get in trouble again, they don’t want to help anybody.”

During his interview, Stoudemire spoke about his involvement with a local store called The Art of Shaving, with which he’s helping launch the company’s new clothing line, the Lexington Collection.

Cool, right? But more eyebrows were raised when Stoudemire announced that he’s still undecided on whether he’ll join a potential NBA player strike to have Sterling removed from the league. He explains:

“It all depends on what makes sense,” Stoudemire said. “We want to keep this league a great league that everyone loves to watch and play. We want to keep that going and not do anything detrimental. We need to understand as players it is very important to keep this brand and to keep this image up. The NBA image needs to stay golden.”

Amar’e even revealed that in a year he’s thinking about playing in Israel after he becomes a free agent. What’s your take on the player’s comments?


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