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Hardaway makes anti-gay comments on radio

'I AM HOMOPHOBIC': 'I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people,' Tim Hardaway said.

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN, mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

Retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway, known for his candor, said on a radio show Wednesday that he would not want a gay player on his team, would ask for him to be traded, and went so far as to say: ``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.''

Hardaway was a guest with host/Herald columnist Dan Le Batard on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, and at the end of the interview, Le Batard asked Hardaway how he would deal with a gay player, in light of last week's disclosure by retired NBA center John Amaechi that he is gay.

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    Isn't his carwash right across the street from the old Uncle Charlies, the gay bar? Too bad it isn't still there.

    Its about time someone said the truth.. little extreme with the hate..but most athletes are uncomfortable around gay people..its just a fact..I guarantee if they did a poll right now, asking "Would you be uncomfortable around a gay male athlete on your team?" it would be around 80% yes..I challenge any of the media outlets to run such a poll..but none of them have the guts to...its unfortunate b/c thats how may people really feel, just afraid to say anything.

    This is a trully idiot guy !!!,
    He is black men and dont remenber how is bad be discriminate for everything !!!
    Anderson, black men too. From Recife-Brazil

    From a reader:

    Good Morning,

    I am so upset with the Media allowing Mr. Hardaway to talk about his "hate" for gays. This is why as a gay man I feel the Media should put him in his place. I was a resident of Miami for over 40 years and a Principal with Miami Dade Schools for 18 of those years. I had to be in the "closet' because of people like Mr. Hardaway.
    I am very displeased with the negative Media coverage to allow a "Professional" speak as he did. It is also a pity for our young people to hear their hero speak so ugly. This is another reason our young adults who are gay can't come out. PEER PRESSURE!

    I feel there is nothing wrong being homophobic or uncomfortable. I can admit that i am homophobic around certain gay men (flamer stereotype). But i beleive its extremely wrong to hate or descriminate just because their gay.
    To heat101:
    I would say that its normal for any straight Heterosexual male to feel uncomfortable around another obvious flamboiant gay man, but to hate and descriminate is just wrong. I feel that same uncomfortablness in a bar full of good old boys in Alabama.

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