Tim Hardaway has come a long way in seven-months. When the former basket baller first caught our eye, he’d just told the world that he “hates gay people”. In fact, he loathed the lavenders so much, Hardaway said he’d cross the street if he saw a homo approaching.
Following the firestorm, Hardaway shrank from the public eye and made a concerted effort to get himself some education. And the 41-year old put his new knowledge to use Wednesday night during a discussion on transgender rights in Miami. About forty people had gathered to discuss raising awareness – and, ultimately, acceptance – and Hardaway offered his freshly progressive views. One activist referred to Hardaway’s remarks as “the perfect answer” on how to keep trans kids safe. Perfect? That’s pretty incredible.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Hardway described the scandal as “the biggest bump in my life”. The former Miami Heat player said he knew he made a mistake and needed to rectify the situation:
I just wanted to go in and get educated, that’s all. Get educated on what I said and why I said those things. I’m working on understanding it now. I’m not really trying to make amends. I’ve been there trying to get help.
I had no idea how much I hurt people. A lot of people.
In an effort to change his ways, Hardaway headed to the Yes Institute, which fights for queer kids. Now a regular face at the Institute, Hardway seems content with his new perspective, telling reporters:
I have taken steps and I’m happy that I did. If I didn’t, I’d still be naive about it, ignorant about the whole thing. But I can talk about it now. I’m a polite person. That’s how I am.
Hardaway’s a “Hate-A-Gay” no more!