Tim Hardaway is member of the religious right

February 20, 2007 at 5:25 am 2 comments

Why is it that whenever a black person makes a statement, the kind of statement that Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh and others routinely make saying that being gay is wrong that he is raked over the coals.   As an individual in this country he has the right to say whatever he wants, popular, unpopular or whatever.   Yet when he does, he gets raked over the coals.   Conservative commentators routinely voice these same remarks and yet never receive the furor that a black man receives.   Why do we have a double standard in this country when it comes to the rights of a african-americans and speech?


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  • 1. David Mariner  |  March 4, 2007 at 6:25 am

    Hey guy,

    Once again, you don’t really live up to your name ‘intellectual’.

    Let’s be honest, we do hold Pat Robertson, and Rush Limbaugh accountable when they make homophobic comments.

    But tim didn’t say being gay is wrong, he said:

    ”Well, 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. So yeah, I don’t like it.”

    There is a difference between saying that you don’t agree with something and saying you HATE something.

    And I would think you would know that hate language is of particular concern because it often incites hate crimes.

    Like for example when folks expressed their hate for Private First Class Barry Winchell and smashed his head in with a baseball bat. Or when folks expressed their hate for Billy Jack Gaither when they beat him up and set him on fire with automobile tires.

    Do you understand the difference between hate and disagreement?

  • 2. David Mariner  |  March 4, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Tim Hardaway: “I Hate Gay People”

    Just a week after former NBA player John Amaechi came out of the closet as the league’s first openly gay player, another NBA player is making news for his words on homosexuality. Retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway told a radio show that he hates gay people and that he would never want a gay player like Amaechi on his team.

    Hardaway said: “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. I don’t think that he should be in the locker room while we’re in the locker room…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. Yeah, I’m homophobic. I don’t like it. There shouldn’t be a [place] in the world for that or in the United States for it. So I don’t like it.”

    Hardaway made the comments while he was a guest on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket. Hardaway even said if he did find out that a teammate was gay, he would ask for the player to be traded or to be bought out of his contract because it would make other players feel uncomfortable in the locker room. He later apologized for the remarks during a live telephone interview with WSVN Channel 7. “Yes, I regret it. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said I hate gay people or anything like that. That was my mistake.”

    Mistake? That’s no mistake, Tim Hardaway. That’s your pure unadulterated homophobia coming out. It’s one thing to slip up and use a word like “fag” or “faggot,” but it’s quite another thing to say in public that you “hate” an entire group of people. That is inexcusable. I am not the least bit sorry to say this. Tim Hardaway’s broadcasting career should come to a screeching halt. No apologies, no excuses, no rehab. Just fire his ass anywhere and everywhere he works with the media. Then maybe he’ll remember what it’s like to be a member of a discriminated minority group.


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