Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Amaechi in SF Tuesday

Former NBA player John Amaechi, who disclosed earlier this month that he is gay, will be in San Francisco Tuesday, January 20 to sign copies of his new book “Man in the Middle.” Amaechi and co-author Chris Bull of San Francisco will appear at Borders bookstore in Union Square, 400 Post Street at 7 p.m.

Amaechi played in the NBA for six seasons, including stints with the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Utah Jazz. His recent coming out has made headlines around the world, and sparked former NBA player Tim Hardaway’s anti-gay rant on a Miami radio station Tuesday in which he said, “I hate gay people.” [See earlier blog post.]

Gay organizations reacted swiftly to Hardaway’s statement.

“Hardaway’s comments are vile, repulsive, and indicative of the climate of ignorance, hostility, and prejudice that continues to pervade sports culture. And by apologizing not for his bigotry but rather for giving voice to it, he’s reminding us that this ugly display is only the tip of a very large iceberg,” said Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Hardaway offered a tepid apology, but did not retract his comments.

The NBA removed Hardaway from this weekend’s All-Star activities.

The National Black Justice Coalition praised NBA Commissioner David Stern for his quick action.

Tuesday’s book signing is free and open to the public. It takes place on the fourth floor in the store’s events area. The line will start at 5 p.m.

— Cynthia Laird, February 15, 2007 @ 5:20 pm PST
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