Alex Blaze

Tim Hardaway's not sorry, but wants to put this whole thing behind him

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 06, 2007 11:21 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: basketball, homophobic behavior, Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway wants to put his homophobic rant behind him. From New Orleans Times-Picayune:

When asked about the comments, Hardaway said: "It was just a comment, that's what it was to me. It's over with. I don't think about it. . . . Let bygones be bygones. A lot of people are putting their foot in their mouths....

"When you say something positive, they don't write anything positive in the paper. Whatever people say now is taken out of context. Everybody is blowing stuff up. What can you do? People in the media need to start writing positive stuff."

Well, we all knew it was a comment, but since in the article he specifically says that he won't say he regrets saying it, how can he expect us to "let bygones be bygones"?

And I have no idea in what context this would be appropriate:

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.

(h/t Rod)

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What team does Hardaway play for? And how did that local GLBT community react? IMO, Tony Dungy's comments were nothing compared to Hardaway's but our local GLBT community made such noise that it was heard nationally.

Is our community now that strong and vocal? Or is Hardaway's community that lame? Or did we over react? Or maybe all three?

I'm asking rhetorically because I don't have an opinion one way or the other but I remember that both sets of comments came out around the same time and I didn't hear much local outrage over Hardaway because it was all focused on Dungy. I also remember the backlash from Hardaway seemed to come from national organizations and at the time I wondered what his local community thought.