Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tim Hardaway Is Not A Fan Of The Gays

JD over at SporTech Matter broke this story first. On Dan Le Batard's radio show on Wednesday, retired Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway said he hates gay people and that he would not want a gay player on his team. In fact, he said he would ask for said gay teammate to be traded.

"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.''

He also went on to say,
"First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team. And second of all, if he was on my team, I would, you know, 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. If you have 12 other ballplayers in your locker room that's upset and can't concentrate and always worried about him in the locker room or on the court or whatever, it's going to be hard for your teammates to win and accept him as a teammate."

There you have it. Mr. I Gots Skillz has always been someone who wasn't afraid to speak his mind or be candid about stuff. But he's always struck me as a guy who was, well, the kind of guy that takes two hours to watch 60 Minutes, if you know what I mean. Smart as a bag of rocks. So I'm not entirely shocked.

Hardaway admitted that he's homophobic. He also proved to the rest of the world that his intellect is rivaled only by garden tools.

The Miami Herald eventually picked up on this story as has ESPN, CBS Sportsline, and Sports Illustrated. And I can guarantee you that this is going to occupy all the talk radio and other major websites all day Thursday. The shit, as they say, has hit the fan. So much so, that Hardaway has now issued a half ass non-apology apology through WSVN.

Skillz ...


What a homo!(phobe)
This breaks my heart.
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Man Timmy really stepped in it this time. And his apologies are not helping. At least Dan Le Batard's rants against Pat Riley seem to have been shoved to the side, huh?

Crazy world, man.
Tim is just stupid. I understand that certain relgions condemn homosexuality and that people have those convictions (ie. they take the Bible or Koran literally).

But Hardaway used the word "hate" which is just so wrong on so many levels. I heard the interview yesterday on my way home and was amazed at how many times Le Batard gave Tim chance after chance to re-phrase his feelings or back track but he just kept on with the venom.

He's either a biggot, or as you say Dude, as smart as garden tools. I think he's both.
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