TIM HARDAWAY: “I HATE GAY PEOPLE”
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Former Miami Heat superstar Tim Hardaway told a local sports radio show in Miami that he “hates gay people,” and he’s gotten a lot of people angry all over the country.
Later, one man told CBS Television Channel 4′s Art Barron outside of a Coral Gables carwash that uses Hardaway’s name as a draw, “Disgusting. Having grown up in northern florida, dealing with racism there and desegregating of schools up there, it’s unfortunate you still hear things like that on the radio.” The manager of the carwash was away and unavailable for comment.
Hardaway made the comments while he was being interviewed by Dan Le Batard on a Miami radio station Wednesday afternoon. The five time All Star was asked how he would deal with a gay teammate. “First of all I wouldn’t want him on my team,” Hardaway stated. “Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don’t think that’s right and I don’t think he should be in the locker room when we’re in the locker room.”
Le Batard took Hardaway to task, pointing out that his comments were “flatly homophobic” and bigoted, but that only seemed to agitate the former point guard even more.
“Well, you know, I hate gay people,” Hardaway responded. “I let it be known I don’t like gay people. I don’t like to be around gay people. I’m homophobic. It shouldn’t be in the world, in the United States, I don’t like it.”
The National Basketball Association Severs Ties With Hardaway
The National Basketball Association has removed Tim Hardaway from all league related appearances, after the five-time All-Star made the derogatory comments about gays. The former Miami Heat guard, had been scheduled to be part of the NBA’s festivities ahead of Sunday’s All-Star game in Las Vegas, but the interview that he conducted with a Miami radio station has caused outrage in America.
After the tirade, National Basketball Commissioner David Stern confirmed that they would no longer be using Hardaway to promote the game on-behalf of the Association. “It is inappropriate for him to be representing us given the disparity between his views and ours,” Stern said in a statement to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
In addition, after learning of the remarks made by Hardaway, the owners of the Continental Basketball Association’s (CBA) Indiana professional basketball franchise, spoke out today in reaction to Mr. Hardaway’s statements. “First and foremost, there is not a single person in our organization who supports or shares Mr. Hardaway’s views,” stated Demetrius Ford, Trinity CEO. “I speak for the entire organization when I say we are truly sorry for the harm caused to anyone by Mr. Hardaway’s words. Effective immediately, Mr. Hardaway is removed from the position of Trinity Sports’ Chief Basketball Operations Advisor, as well as all other duties associated with the Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries.”
Trinity majority owner and NFL star Jay Fiedler added, “The opinions, views and remarks expressed by Mr. Hardaway in no way reflect my views or those of anyone else in our organization, and we want to make that clear to our corporate partners, the CBA and all the fans of our Indiana franchise. Mr. Hardaway was instrumental in the startup phase of our basketball operations, but we must now move forward without his services or any association with him whatsoever.”
Hardaway has since apologised for his comments. “I regret it, I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said I hate gay people or anything like that, that was my mistake,” he told a local TV station in Miami.
The apology is clearly brief and meaningless. He’s not sorry for what he said, but rather he’s only sorry that he said it. The latter is probably true. It’s likely that Hardaway does regret his disgusting outburst after seeing what an uproar it has caused. If one just considers the professional rejections and financial damage that he’s already beginning to face, it’s doubtless that he wishes he could have those few minutes of his life back.
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“Political conservatives tend to define gay people as immoral, perverted, and promiscuous, yet they deny them the one institution that to them represents the opposite. It’s a handy catch-22 with which to bind a whole group of people to second-class citizenship.” Comment by the former NBA player, John Amaechi.
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John Amaechi, former NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic, and the Utah Jazz announced earler this week that he is gay. Amaechi, whose coming out led to Hardaway being quizzed on the issue, says the comments may actually lead to a more educated debate on the subject. “Finally, someone who is honest,” he said.
“It is ridiculous, absurd, petty, bigoted, and shows a lack of empathy that is gargantuan and unfathomable, but it is honest, and it illustrates the problem better than any of the fuzzy language other people have used so far.”
Amaechi is the son of a Nigerian father; he was raised in Stockport, England, by his English mother. Amaechi moved to the United States to play high school basketball at St. John’s High School in Toledo, Ohio. He began playing college basketball at Vanderbilt University, but transferred to Penn State where he was a two-time First Team Academic All-American selection.
The 6′ 10″, 270 lbs center was signed undrafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995. He played 28 games for the Cavaliers during the 1995-1996 season, then played for three years in Europe (France: Cholet, Limoges; Italy: Kinder Bologna; Greece: Panathinaikos; England: Sheffield Sharks) before signing with the Orlando Magic in 1999. With a solid 1999-2000 season, where he averaged 10.5 points in 21.1 minutes per contest, he gained fame for scoring the NBA’s first points of the new millennium in 2000. Amaechi went on to play for the Utah Jazz from 2001 to 2003.
He was traded to the Houston Rockets midway through his final NBA season and though he was an active player, he did not participate in any games for them. Amaechi came out of retirement to represent England during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, helping the England national basketball team win the Bronze Medal.
Recently Pensylvania State University named John Amaechi as the recipient of its 2006 Alumni Achievement Award. In addition, Amaechi is currently serving as an Ambassador for London’s 2012 Olympic Bid. He is a regular sports and current affairs commentor for the BBC, ITV and SKY as well as a presenter on a range of radio and television programs, including ITV’s ongoing “Britain on the Move” series and London’s Channel 5 weekly “Sport on Five.” In addition to maintaining broadcast interests in the United States, Amaechi is currently the face of Sport England’s latest “Everyday Sport” campaign.