Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Ex-Warrior Hardaway: ‘I hate gay people’

Former Golden State Warriors basketball player Tim Hardaway on Wednesday used the occasion of John Amaechi’s coming out to insert his foot in his mouth.

On a Miami radio show, Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, Hardaway said he believed there were other gay players in the National Basketball Association, he would give such players a cold shoulder, and would support actions to deny them the right to earn a living in the NBA.

“You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known,” Hardaway said. “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 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.”

Hardaway, who during his NBA-playing days had the opportunity to stay in hotels and eat in restaurants which less than a handful of decades earlier would have refused him service because of his race, also said that if he were still playing and knew he had a gay teammate, “Something has to give, and I think the majority of players would ask for him to be traded or they would want to be traded. Or buy him out of his contract and just let him go.”

Later, Hardaway issued an unapologetic apology on Miami radio station WSVN, saying he should not have said what he felt.

“I regret it,” he said. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said I hate gay people or anything like that. That was my mistake.”

posted by Roger Brigham

— Roger Brigham, February 15, 2007 @ 11:07 am PST
Filed under: Sports

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