If you ever wondered why it took John Amaechi so long to come out of the closet, consider some comments from professional b-baller Tim Hardaway.
Sitting down for a chat with a Miami radio show, the former Miami Heat guard insists that he would never play on a team with an openly gay man:
First of all, I wouldn’t want him on my team. And second of all, if he was on my team, I would really distance myself from him because 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.
Not only does Hardaway not want the homos in the locker room, he doesn’t even want them on the planet!
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.
No, all gay people should be launched into the sun. All women can be stuck back in the kitchen, too.
Although, we suppose it’s nice he came out as a homophobe. It’ll certainly make a lot of people’s lives easier. Unfortunately, it will probably make a lot of other people’s way more difficult. And, of course, earn Hardaway some enemies.
Hardaway’s publicist must have been listening, because a few hours after blasting the queers, he called back to apologize, saying he didn’t mean it. The NBA, however, ain’t buying it, they’ve barred Hardaway from making public appearances on their behalf. Maybe they’ll send him of to rehab next…