Confessing hatred of any kind is not an action that creates allies and friends – or at least not the type most civil people would want to hang around. But that didn’t stop former Miami Heat player Tim Hardaway from sticking his foot in his mouth recently.
Shortly following a confession by retired NBA player John Ameachi that he is homosexual, Hardaway sounded off in an interview with a Miami-based CBS affiliate.
“First of all I wouldn’t want him on my team,” Hardaway said in the interview. “Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don’t think that’s right and I don’t think he should be in the locker room when we’re in the locker room. Well, you know, I hate gay people. 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.”
Apparently, being paid millions and traveling the nation during his pro career has done nothing to make Hardaway wiser for the experience. Even if there are certain folks you feel more comfortable around than others, letting that discomfort brew into hatred is stupid. While admitting that hatred might make Hardaway honest, such honesty, in this case, is not a virtue. Perhaps it’s time he stopped being a public figure and went into selling energy pills for a living.