Tim Hardaway's sorry... and I'm the Pope

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    Feb 15, 2007 7:33 PM GMT
    Former NBA center John Amaechi, who disclosed last week he’s gay, said anti-gay comments by another retired player “demonstrate the need to continue the conversation.”

    Retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway said on a radio show Wednesday that he hates gay people, then later apologized for his remarks.

    Hardaway’s comments were sparked by Amaechi’s disclosure he’s gay.

    “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,” Hardaway said while a guest on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket in Miami. “I’m homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”
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    Feb 15, 2007 8:53 PM GMT
    Here's what Amaechi had to say in response: ''I'm actually tempted to laugh,'' Amaechi told The Miami Herald. ''Finally, someone who is honest. It is ridiculous, absurd, petty, bigoted, and shows a lack of empathy that is gargantuan and unfathomable. But it is honest. And it illustrates the problem better than any of the fuzzy language other people have used so far.''

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    Feb 15, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    He should be paranoid as well - because he just never knows if the person standing next to him is gay or not. If he hates gay people, he may as well hate everyone.
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    Feb 15, 2007 9:36 PM GMT
    Once again it demonstrates the level of understanding people like him have for the issue. His paranoid view of being in a locker room with a gay person is laughable. The trouble is he's most likely been in that situation hundreds of times and didn't even know it, but now that one player comes out he "hates gay people". Talk about a warped personality. Chock this guy up to another dysfunctional person (overpaid athlete) in society that will go through life sticking his foot in his mouth over and over and most likely offend a number of people connected to his own personal life (unknowingly to him) who are gay.
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    Feb 15, 2007 10:15 PM GMT
    I've been listening to an "all sports talk" radio station in the SF Bay Area (KNBR). The number of callers about this issue who are homophobic is astounding. And this is the Bay Area. (Of course, "fringe lunatic" are the ones liable to call in to express vitriol, while more rational people are rolling up their eyes in dismay, I realize).

    But here's the astounding sentiment, even of the more "friendly" of the callers. They are saying Hardaway should be admonished for propounding hate. But not for disliking the "gay life style", the "gay agenda", etc. etc. etc.

    One guy said "we should be tolerant. Just as we are of drug addicts, habitual criminals, and rapists, we should pray for them to be healed..." thereby equating gay, with being a criminal.

    The other thing that is astounding to me (and, even surprised me as a view from people on realjock) is the number of people who think you can "choose" how to get your dick erect. As if you can say, "well, I should get aroused by a woman, but, instead, I CHOOSE to get aroused by a man."

    How an intelligent person think that this is a matter of choice is beyond me. Oh, I know, we are not talking about an intelligent person. :-)

    John
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    Feb 16, 2007 2:10 AM GMT
    I responded to this exact topic on another site...I am still amazed when someone who belongs to a group considered an "other" in our society will put down another group in society...somehow I would think the person's experience would allow for some level of empathy...in this case, all I hear is ignorance...

    Until we value education before physical prowess...and millionaires can be created just because of what their body can do rather than their mind - we are going to continue seeing these types of uneducated comments...

    Frankly, I feel sorry for Mr. Hardaway...carrying around all of that hatred...must be exhausting...

    All the more reason for the existence of the Gay Games and Out Games which promote gay athletics...

    [sigh]

    - David
  • Laurence

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    Feb 16, 2007 10:01 AM GMT
    He's a plonker.

    I wonder what would have happened if he'd said he hated Chinese or Latino people - instead of gay people.

    I'm sure everyone wouldn't be jumping on the band wagon and saying they agreed with him (I'm talking about those morons who call in radio stations...intelligent people usually have better things to do I think.)

    Why do some people assume it's okay to hate gays and be homophobic. In my opinion it's as bad as racism and society should look on those who have these opinions as they do racists.

    Loz
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    Feb 16, 2007 10:01 PM GMT
    Well, the latest is that he lost his position as "Ambassador" at the NBA All Star game. But, I just heard him interviewed, as he returned home to Florida.

    Now he's saying he's sorry. That it was bad judgment. That he didn't mean it...that he does not feel that way.

    Sorry, Mr. Hardaway, you said exactly what you felt, and you meant it when you said it.

    Just like Mel Gibson's anti-semitic diatribe, and the "foot in the mouth" racist statements by many sports figures...you can't take it back. You can apologize for feeling that way; you can try to educate yourself, so that you might change.

    But you said it. You meant it, Mr. Hardaway.

    john
  • luvs2travel

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    Feb 16, 2007 11:22 PM GMT
    I would like to place Mr. Hardaway in a time machine and drop him in 1950's rural Mississippi. It would give me a little giggle to see him openly dehumanized. Perhaps then he would get a taste of what it's truly like to feel hated.

    What Hardaway proves is that being an asshole knows no barrier.
  • jockata

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    Feb 17, 2007 2:00 AM GMT
    i think someone should lock him in a room with preacher haggard for a couple of days. they'd prolly be a couple by then.
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    Feb 17, 2007 2:57 AM GMT
    I was on FOX news website where they were talking about this issue and I just can't believe how stupid people are on this.
    There are gay althletes in every sport, but the problem is that there is this stigma that is someone is gay they are going to try to blow the guys in the locker, not that the guys will mind. LOL
    but, in all seriousness...just because someone is gay doesn't always mean they going to get turned by seeing a bunch of naked guys.
    They are there to do a job and do it well. the idiots get paid enough. I think it is just total ignorance.
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    Feb 17, 2007 7:32 AM GMT
    tommyboy, what are you doing on FoxNews channel's website. Thats like gay blasphemy. lol
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    Mar 03, 2007 4:34 AM GMT
    REHAB -- seems to be the answer to everything, it "worked" for Haggerty (now is dont have to pay) -- LOL