Amar’e Stoudemire says it was just supposed to be a joke when he said that he wouldn’t like to have a gay teammate in his locker room.

“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 pro basketball player in Israel said in his apology for a joke in which he suggested that he would “shower across the street” if he found out that one of his teammates was gay.

“The answers I gave were meant to be taken as jokes & I am deeply sorry for offending anyone,” he added before later adding, “I am open to creating a dialogue to assist the fight the LGBT community encounters daily and will continue to focus on playing basketball.”