If you have 12 other ballplayers in your locker room that's upset and can't concentrate and always worried about him in the locker room or on the court or whatever, it's going to be hard for your teammates to win and accept him as a teammate.One has to wonder about what Hardaway's so worried about in the locker room, why no one could concentrate. It can't be sexual assault or any action - it's a room filled with professional athletes, there's little chance that could happen. It has to be the age-old fear that a gay man will look at other people in the locker room. (I am writing this post about the male locker room situation and men being checked out, mainly because I don't have much experience in the female locker room. It's inherently incomplete because of that.)
Of course, it's more than just the locker room, it's just about everywhere. That famous homophobic Eddie Murphy bit was about worrying about gay men looking at him sexually (or at all, it's unclear) while on-stage. I imagine that it was also the root cause of the inexplicable huss-fuss over Ham looking at Noah naked when he (Noah) got drunk after the flood. So bad was this locker room situation that Noah said:
Cursed be Canaan [the nation Ham was to found]!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers."
While I'm generally all for people's right to privacy, one has to wonder what these people are worried about when they make the choice to appear in such non-private places and gay men might be present. What's so bad about being looked at, so bad that they think that others' careers should be destroyed or that hate speech should be thrown around or that a man's entire progeny and all his descendents should be condemned to slavery?