Hardaway's Foot In Mouth - "I Hate Gay People"

Date 2007/2/15 14:52:37 | Topic: Miscellaneous

Retired NBA player Tim Hardaway is the subject of some controversy today after his homophobic statements to commentator Dan Le Batard.
"Well, you know, I hate gay people," Hardaway said in response to Le Batard. "I let it be known I don't like gay people. I don't like to be around gay people. I'm homophobic. It shouldn't be in the world, in the United States, I don't like it."

I hope that in the coming days Tim Hardaway will learn some things about gays and lesbians. He was at least honest about his feelings, though he didn't have the good sense to be politically correct about it and dodge the question. Because of his ignorance, I hope that he's not demonized too much, because unfortunately there are still too many people in this country who are homophobic. Too much backlash and vitriol from this incident could make him into a "martyr" for the anti-homosexual crowd. As a young punk, I was once like Mr. Hardaway, until I matured and came to know some gay people, and somewhere along the way, something clicked.

Mr. Hardaway has actually, in my humble opinion, helped the situation by opening up a debate with his very frank words. Hopefully many Americans will take the time to examine why they feel the way they feel about gay people, regardless of whether they approve of homosexuality.

This article comes from The Lewisville Texan Journal

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