ironman wrote:Is it better to be genuine if it means not being PC? Sure.
Is it better to just keep your mouth shut instead of displaying to the world how much of an ignorant jackass you are? Probably.
It's gonna take someone to come out, while they're still playing to bring change and tolerance in the pros, not unlike Magic coming out with his HIV. A lot of players were incredibly freaked out by it and didn't feel comfortable playing with Magic. Eventually things calmed down and as people became better educated about it, they realized it wasn't a big deal.
Granted HIV and homosexuality are slightly different matters, but with both, fear and ignorance being the greatest hurdles to overcome in a professional sports setting I think there's a valid comparison there.
I think with all the attention John Amaechi has been getting lately, alot of players (including retired) probably thought that gays would be more comfortable now knowing that a former NBA player came out. Hardaway wanted to make sure the general public and the possible gay players in the nba, knew that a lot of NBA players and other professional athletes do not want a player coming out when they are in the middle of playing. He is trying to make gays re-think their comfortability with their uality around the professional sports arena. Sure he sounded harsh and I don't agree with some of the stuff he is saying, but there will probably never be a gay player in a professional sport who, during their playing days, comes out. Tim Hardaway was making sure of this.