Hey, anybody heard about this one yet? It was a big story, and quickly, when Tim Hardaway (above, left) uncorked a bottle of cask-aged, finely mellowed 12-year old ignorance on Dan Le Batard’s “The Ticket” radio show while weighing in on L’Affaire Meech, but if you hadn’t read it yet, it goes a little something like:
“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…First of all, I wouldn’t want (a gay player) on my team. And second of all, if he was on my team, I would 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. 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 alone.”
Ah, that’s good stuff. “Bludgeoned home,” in the words of Pete Segall. And dig the angry, basketball-squeezin’ picture of Timmy from that Miami Herald article. Not the sort of guy you’d want to meet in a dark alley/ever discuss anything with, ever. The article linked to above has the requisite classy quote from John Amaechi and another from Doc Rivers, but the real deal on Hardaway’s take on Meech comes from Joey over at Straight Bangin’, who breaks Teem’s comments on down:
– “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known.”
And, what the fuck is “let it be known”? Who was even waiting? Is that some kind of a policy statement that you issue upon entering a room, meeting new people, and serving on a jury? Is it on your business card? Should it go in your obituary–“Hardaway, who never won shit and won’t be in the Hall of Fame, hated gay people.”
– “I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it.”
How do you think Hardaway would feel if someone said, “I don’t like black people and I don’t like to be around black people. I am a racist. I don’t like them”?– “And you know I don’t think he should be in the locker room while we’re in the locker room. I wouldn’t even be a part of that.”
This whole “I wouldn’t want a gay man looking at me” routine is amazingly offensive, asinine, and arrogant. It’s not like a gay person is on the prowl after every game hopelessly enslaved by an insatiable sexual appetite. If we’ve learned anything from pro sports, it’s that many of the straight guys seem to struggle with that problem, and the responsibility that comes with it. And, no gay player is there as a diplomatic emissary–he’s not trying to recruit, or on some kind of a predatory sex mission. He just played ball and wants to shower then leave, just like everyone else. Plus, who says Tim Hardaway is anything to look at to begin with? If any NBA dudes were hoping to fraternize at the workplace, I’m sure that a man who won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award in college for being so good while just six feet or less would probably be deemed to be too short.