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Postby joelamosobadiah » Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:38 am

Hardaway is going to get MAULED by the media over this.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/conte ... 7&cxcat=46

Ex-Heat star Hardaway makes anti-gay comments on radio
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By MICHELLE KAUFMAN

The Miami Herald

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway, known for his candor, said on a radio show Wednesday that he would not want a gay player on his team, would ask for him to be traded, and went so far as to say: "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."

Hardaway was a guest with host/Herald columnist Dan Le Batard on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, and at the end of the interview, Le Batard asked Hardaway how he would deal with a gay player, in light of last week's disclosure by retired NBA center John Amaechi that he is gay.

"First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team," Hardaway replied. "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."

Asked what he would do if he had a gay teammate, Hardaway said he would ask for the player to be traded or to be bought out of his contract.

"Something has to give," he said. "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. Something has to give. If you have 12 other ballplayers in your locker room that are upset and can't concentrate and always worried about him in the locker room or on the court it's going to be hard for your teammates to win and accept him as a teammate."

Hardaway is the first NBA player — current or former — to make anti-gay statements since Amaechi's news came out. In fact, most of the players and coaches quoted last week, including Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, were supportive of Amaechi and said they would not be bothered by a gay teammate.

What if the gay player were a great player, Hardaway was asked.

"If he were that great something would still have to give," he said. "People would feel uncomfortable with that. If you're not gay, nobody in that locker room would feel comfortable with that person on your team."

Amaechi probably will not be surprised when he reads Hardaway's comments. He said in a phone interview Tuesday he believes there is still a lot of homophobia in society and in professional sports locker rooms.

"We are much further behind than I'd like," Amaechi said. "People in America and England [where Amaechi grew up] would like to think racism is over, sexism is over, and homophobia is over, but it's not. My coming out will show that gay people don't all look like Jack from Will and Grace. Some of us are big, athletic men, and that should be OK."

Amaechi said he had not heard from a single former teammate or NBA player, that he had only heard from former coach Doc Rivers. He challenged straight athletes "who feel able" to stand up for gay rights.

"I would like professional male athletes to be active supporters, and that doesn't mean putting a rainbow decal on their car," he said. "It means letting other guys in the locker room know that it's not OK to make gay jokes, that it's hurtful, and that it's not OK to be homophobic.

"But it's hard to get straight guys to step up. When men stood by women during the suffrage movement, they were called progressive and bold. When whites stood by blacks, they were heroes. But a straight guy standing up for a gay guy faces discrimination, and that's a big part of the battle we're fighting."
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Postby Art Vandelay » Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:53 am

As much as I disagree with what he said, at least he's honest. I'm sure some of the people who have been quoted recently about Amaechi tempered their comments because they didn't want to come across as homophobic. Anyway, just absolutely asinine remarks. I will never understand why people have a problem with homosexuals.
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Postby BGbootha » Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:19 am

Art Vandelay wrote:As much as I disagree with what he said, at least he's honest. I'm sure some of the people who have been quoted recently about Amaechi tempered their comments because they didn't want to come across as homophobic. Anyway, just absolutely asinine remarks. I will never understand why people have a problem with homosexuals.


I agree, although I think he is an idiot for his viewpoint, atleast he had the balls to say what he thought and felt. I gotta give him credit in that cat.
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Postby FrozenRopes » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:34 am

Now thats what I call a UTEP two-step!

"I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."

thats not what you said last night Timmy!
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Postby 1337_Dude » Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:41 am

I don't agree with what he said, but at least he's man enough to say it. It gets tiring hearing the same PC stuff all the time. To be honest though, he should have just used the usual lines and not spoke his mind, because now he's going to catch tons of flak from everyone and the NBA has already basically black balled him.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2766213
This one has comments from David Stern and John Amaechi
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Postby chadlincoln » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:56 am

The guy, like everyone else, is entitled to his opinion. Would you rather him be honest about it or lie and say it'd be ok?
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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:04 am

chadlincoln wrote:The guy, like everyone else, is entitled to his opinion. Would you rather him be honest about it or lie and say it'd be ok?


so if white athletes started talking about how much they hate black people and jews you would applaud their honesty?

i think it's a case of knowing your place in society. you can have your beliefs, but to be so blunt and sound so ignorant, you better expect to get slammed by the national media.
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Postby Mookie4ever » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:10 am

chadlincoln wrote:The guy, like everyone else, is entitled to his opinion. Would you rather him be honest about it or lie and say it'd be ok?


I don't think that anyone is slamming him for being honest. He is being criticized for having those views in the first place. Not agreeing with a homosexual lifestyle is one thing - to say that you would go out of your way to ostracize him and get him traded for no other reason than his sexual preferance is preaching hate. For that we have every right to, and should, condemn him.
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Postby Coppermine » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:14 am

When you're a public figure, I think you need to make a conscious effort not to say something moronic; but if you're already a moron, i guess it defeats the purpose.
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