Former Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway said on a radio show Wednesday afternoon that he would not want a gay player on his team. I am homophobic. I don't like it.
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If he had only said "hates bi-sexuals" he could have still entered the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. How about banning players for being morons? How about requiring an SAT score above their shoe size?
Local opinion seems to be that our own con-alternative paper, the Tribune Review, is pretty anti-gay. The fact, however, is that most of their gay coverage has been consistent with mainstream thought on gays — we aren't so bad after all, its not such a big deal, don't we have better things to worry about usually the libertarian columnistsand an abhorence of violence against gays. Its a benign quasi-tolerance that keeps us fimly in our second-class seats, but protects us mostly from being bashed by pipe wielding maniacs. They may not want their sons to be gay, but it would be okay if their daughters have a quirky gay confidante.
We're a liberal bunch here in the Chicagoist offices. Liberal even for Chicago, which is a blue city, in a blue state. So sometimes it really amazes us that people have such different views on certain topics.
The first apology came from Tim Hardaway, a former NBA All-Star who told a sport talk radio show host that he never would wanted to have played with a gay player because such a player could not be trusted. The second apology came from NASCAR driver, Michael Waltrip, assuming responsibility for his race team using a jet-fuel derived additive during qualification for the Daytona Altered fuels are banned and considered verboten.
When show host Dan Le Batard told Hardaway those comments were "flatly homophobic" and "bigotry," the player continued: " You know, I hate gay peopleso I let it be known. I regret and apologize for the statements that I made that have certainly caused the same kinds of feelings and reactions. I am committed to examining my feelings and will recognize, appreciate and respect the differences among people in our society," he said.
We should be more concerned about President Bush and all the people dying in Iraq. Hardaway has since felt the pressure to issue a more contrite statement. On Thursday, he issued the following apology through his agent Henry Thomas:.
There is also the matter of comments made 10 years ago this month during a radio interview when responding to a question about former NBA center John Amaechi's decision to publicly come out as a gay man. I am homophobic. I don't like it.
Because of two recent acts — one of courage, the other of hate — the National Basketball Association has an historic opportunity to combat AIDS in the Black community. Earlier this month, retired NBA player John Amaechi took a courageous step, unveiling in his memoir that he is a gay man. By standing up and telling the truth about who he is, Amaechi also stood up for a healthy Black America.