Speaking of Tim Hardaway, you may be interested in yet another post-“I hate gay people” interview in which he again insists he doesn’t hate gay people. Apparently he just misspoke and, also, forgot where he was:
When I listened to the interview it really sounded like I meant what I said, like I meant that I hate gay people. I was thinking that I was talking to somebody else and not really knowing what it was I was saying. Did I forget I was on the radio? To tell you the truth, at the time I was talking, yes.
Despite his failings and declarations of change, it doesn’t seem Hardaway’s quite ready to get down with the gays. When asked if he wants to use the scandal as a jumping off point to understand gay people’s “lifestyle”, Hardaway replies:
No. I don’t want to â€¦ try to find some type of understanding of why they live the way they live or why they are the way they are. Maybe I could go to therapy, maybe someone can help me out with understanding [them], the sensitivity of the issue. But as a person, my beliefs are my beliefs. I don’t have to condone it and I don’t have to be around it.
He also says that he’s so upset by being near gay people that he crosses the street when he sees them coming, just like his parents taught him. Nice to know a grown man’s still plagued by childish fears.