attempted to quiet the backlash from his comments by talking
with some people in the media.
shouldn't have said that I hate gay people or anything like
that," Hardaway told WSVN-Channel 7. "I should have just
said I don't condone him being in the locker room."
interview with South Florida CBS affiliate's sports reporter Jim Berry, Hardaway seemingly
retracted his apology and let loose on the potential of a
gay family member:
"Do you think some people would view that as bigoted as
someone white saying I hate black people" Hardaway: "Probably so. I don't condone it. And if
people have a problem with that, I'm sorry. I'm saying that
I can't stand being around that person knowing that they
sleep with somebody of the same sex."
"So if you had a family member who was gay, you're saying
that you hate them?" Hardaway: "Yes. Yes. Yeah. I wouldn't talk to them."
"Tell me why." Hardaway: "I just told you. 'Cause I don't condone
Feb. 14, 11:30pmET:
NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway on Wednesday unleashed what may be
the most homophobic series of comments ever uttered publicly
by a major pro-sports figure. On Miami's 790 The Ticket,
host Dan Le Batard asked Hardaway about the revelation by
former NBA player John Amaechi that he is gay.
Batard: "How do you deal with a gay teammate?"
"First of all I wouldn't want him on my team. And second of
all, if he was on my team, you know, I would really distance
myself from him because, uh, I don't think that is right. I
don't think that he should be in the locker room while we
are in the locker room, and it's just a whole lot of other
things and I wouldn't even be a part of that. 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
Batard: "You know what you are saying there is flatly
homophobic? It's bigotry?"
"Well, 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. So yeah, I don't like
comments are the complete antithesis of the tenor of most of
the comments by present and former NBA personalities who
have overwhelmingly been positive about Amaechi's
declaration that he is gay.
Mike & Mike, broadcast on ESPN2, Thursday morning
that since Hardaway's comments, he has gotten a flood of
"Every comment he made is laden
with hate," Amaechi said. "He has been a lightning rod for
people to finally open the flood gates and decide that they
can say some pretty awful stuff."
Hardaway told a local TV station
in Miami Wednesday night, "I regret it, I'm sorry, I
shouldn't have said I hate gay people or anything like that,
that was my mistake."
To be clear, he didn't say that
the sentiment was wrong, but simply that he shouldn't have
The NBA has removed Hardaway
from any appearances on their behalf, including further
appearances this week in Las Vegas where he has been
participating in events leading up to the NBA All-Star game
“It is inappropriate for him to
be representing us given the disparity between his views and
ours," NBA commissioner David Stern said.
"These are the loud comments
that pollute the air," Amaechi told Mike & Mike.
These are the comments that create the atmosphere that allow
some of the tragic incidents of homophobia that we've seen,
some of the attacks, some of the deaths."
Contact the CBA
Tim Hardaway is a
coach for the CBA's Miami Majesty. Contact the
CBA and let them know what you think of Hardaway
being a part of their organization:
CBA League Offices
195 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Benito R. Fernandez - Chairman, CBA
Executive Committee Joe Clark - Vice President, CBA Executive
Committee Dennis Truax - CBA Director of Operations
was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1989; He retired
while with the Indiana Pacers in 2003. He also played on the
gold-medal U.S. Olympic basketball team in 2000. Hardaway is
presently the head coach of the Continental Basketball
Association's Miami Majesty (formerly the Florida Pit
end, Hardaway's comments can be a very good thing for the
discussion started last week when it was revealed that
Amaechi would announce he is gay. Hardaway's comments were
so negative, so hateful, and so vicious that the response
from the media and others in sports should be overwhelmingly
critical of the former NBA All-Star.
the CBA, they will have a very serious decision to make
regarding Hardaway. Major League Baseball suspended Atlanta
Braves pitcher John Rocker for comments that sound like a
compliment to gay people compared to Hardaway's rant. This
past season, the NFL fined Pittsburgh Steeler Joey Porter
$10,000 for calling Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen
Winslow Jr. a "fag." Expect some response from the