Bil Browning

"I am homophobic"

Filed By Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 10:59 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, The Movement
Tags: basketball, coming out of the closet, homophobic behavior, John Amaechi, Miami, NBA, Tim Hardaway

hardaway96.jpgFormer NBA player Tim Hardaway isn't holding anything back when it comes to bigotry and hate. In a radio interview with a Miami radio station, Hardaway - a Heat guard - was asked about his views on gays and lesbians in sports after former NBA player John Amaechi came out.

His comments?

"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States. First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team. And second of all, if he was on my team, I would really distance myself from him because, uh, I don't think that is right. I don't think he should be in the locker room while we are in the locker room. But stuff like that is going on and there's a lot of other people I hear that are like that and still in the closet and don't want to come out of the closet, but you know I just leave that alone."
It just kills me when folks who have historically been discriminated against turn around and discriminate themselves. What a moron. Here's hoping he never has to go to a hairstylist or restaurant again. Maybe the stylist or server will hate bigots. Side of spit? Mistakenly buzz cut an upside down triangle on the back of his head?

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Chris Douglas | February 15, 2007 11:43 AM

He has now said it was a mistake. It was all just a slip of the tongue, I guess. In actuality, he meant to express his appreciation of our community, but chose his words poorly.

Wow - how did I miss such a heartfelt apology? *laughs*

He later apologized for the remarks during a telephone interview with Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami.

"Yes, I regret it. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said I hate gay people or anything like that," he said. "That was my mistake."
I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now, don't you?
Allen J. Lopp | February 15, 2007 11:05 PM

A "mistake", eh? Well, is Mr. Hardaway going into alcohol rehab any time soon? Is he pursuing counseling? Maybe he and Isaiah Washington could get a discount by joining the same therapy group?