— Thu, Feb 15, 2007 —

Sister blog Queerty is reporting that retired basketball star Tim Hardaway has just exposed himself as a raging homophobe. Check out the unabashed, grammatically incorrect bigotry:

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."

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...

Whoa! I just said this: "...I find it pretty sad that two groups as traditionally marginalized as black men and gay men are finding it difficult to achieve some equal ground," and, unfortunately, the hits keep coming and coming.

The first problem is that Hardaway lives in fucking Miami. I might be wrong, but I've heard that some gay people live in Miami. Good luck having friends in South Beach anymore, Tim.

Second, and far less superficial, is that this type of bullshit perpetuates the nonsense embitterment that exists between gay men and black men. What's more, putting your bigotry into a sports context and saying you wish gays weren't on your team almost literally pisses on the memory of every fantastic athlete that participated in a little thing I like to call the Negro Leagues (guess what, bro, there used to be players that said they would never play with a "nigger" on their team).

How have more young black men not recognized that, by being homophobic, they actually work against everything their lineage struggled for?


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No. 1
angela says:

He's not working against everything his lineage struggled for. He's just afraid of getting ass-pregnant in the locker room.

February 15, 2007 12:58 PM
No. 2
tamara says:

Hardaway is responding to John Amechi's coming out. The relationship of race to this instance of homophobia is complex, since both men are black. (And Amechi is British.) As unfortunate as it is that homophobia like Hardaway's exists, his public statement has generated publicity and American awareness of Amechi's new book and his coming out as a gay former NBA player. Amechi has the following response to Hardaway's diatribe:

"Finally, someone who is honest. It is ridiculous, absurb, petty, bigoted and shows a lack of empathy that is gargantuan and unfathomable. But it is honest. And it illustrates the problem better than any of the fuzzy language other people have used so far."


February 15, 2007 1:05 PM
No. 3
angela says:

DJ Gallo has the best commentary on this by far. Oh by far.

Gay Athlete Looking for a Shower Full of Straight Athletes to Rape

February 15, 2007 1:11 PM
No. 4
Cord says:

I'm not sure it is so complex. It's naive to think that this comment is directed solely at Amaechi. Sure, that's the topic that initiated the conversation, but saying gays shouldn't be on the planet addresses a slightly larger audience, many of them white.

February 15, 2007 1:12 PM
No. 5
Lale says:

Anyone think this guy's just covering up for being on the Down Low?

February 15, 2007 1:17 PM
No. 6
Ain't Nuff'n Gayer says:

I firmly believe that the most homophobic people are really just overcompensating their straightness because they are ashamed of having gay thoughts.

God's honest truth is that most men would stick the dicks in just about anything if they weren't afraid of consequences. I don't necessarily know if that makes a person gay. Just horny.

February 15, 2007 1:40 PM
No. 7
tamara says:

What I'm saying is that this is not a case of one minority individual attacking another minority individual. They are both members of a racial minority. (And as famous athletes, they're both very priviledged in terms of social class.) So what we actually have here is a case of someone who is part of a statistical (and moral) majority attacking a sexual minority. I applaud Amechi for not sinking to Hardaway's level, but instead saying -- how can we use this ugly, but honest, expression of bigoty as a point of departure for understanding homophobia?

February 15, 2007 1:48 PM
No. 8
LedgeMusselman says:

He gets my respect for being honest. At least he's not a coward who smiles to your face then calls you a faggot when your back is turned. Whether you agree with him or not, at least you know what he truly thinks. It's funny how gays always accuse homo-phobes of being gay themselves. They just can't accept the fact that some people hate them and consider them perverts.

February 15, 2007 1:58 PM
No. 9
Sean O'Donnell says:

Ok, granted Tim Hardaway is a moron.

But is this still America, or what? What do ya'll wanna do, stick a scarlet 'H' on him? Jesus.

my little video blog: www.seanodonnellshow.com

February 15, 2007 2:00 PM
No. 10
grady gooey says:

more like Tim Hardongay, amirite?

February 15, 2007 2:13 PM
No. 11
adamblast says:

Kudos to Amaechi for handling it all so well. His quotes have been spot-on.

Count me in, sadly, among those who feel the tension and bear a grudge. I'm a white gay guy who has to fight hard against the assumption that any black straight guy is a 'phobe, not to mention a ghetto-raised ignorant jerk. That's what years of homo-bashing rap lyrics get you. We all have our work cut out for us.

February 15, 2007 2:19 PM
No. 12
chocobunny says:

The homophoboia thing is pervasive among Blacks and Jamaicans especially in the UK ..where that rapper advocated killing "batty boys"..... Can anyone tell me why its okay or good to voice your bigotry....

does Hardaway need press that bad...

February 15, 2007 2:22 PM
No. 13
jballs says:

why is homophobia so rampant amongst the black community, males in general?
do they not realize what gays are going through mostly in America is the same thing that happened to the Blacks 50 years ago?

How many people didnt want to swim in pools or drink from water fountains for fear of Aids? those same people were decendents of the people who woulnt eat with the blacks in the same damn restaurant, sleep inthe same hotel..etc.
its a fuckin shame we call cant get along....
Gay is the new Black, literally.

February 15, 2007 2:26 PM
No. 14
Trini says:

Ok while i reognize the fact that gay people are being hated on or feel segregated sometimes in certain communities. IMO it is not the same as what Black people went through 50-60 years ago much less 150-500 years ago. Nothing can compare. I certainly do not want to take away from the "gay struggle"(for lack of a better word) but it ain't the same and never will be.

February 15, 2007 2:36 PM
No. 15
LedgeMusselman says:

Hey jballs... Maybe it's because gays are trying to equate being gay with being black... trying to equate race and sexual proclivities? No wonder it pisses-off the negroes.

February 15, 2007 2:42 PM
No. 16
celia says:

i agree with Trini -- you cannot equate these movements. they're not even close. they also have different historical contexts. to equate them is reductionistic and simplistic.

that said, i would hate to be a Black gay basketballer right about now.

February 15, 2007 2:47 PM
No. 17
adamblast says:

Doesn't compare? Are the gays being murdered any less dead? Like every struggle, it has its similarities and differences with the struggles before it. Maybe you'd like the similarity with Jews better, since you *can* usually hide it, if you're sufficiently motivated. And lucky. On the other hand, if you think we should all just shut up and stay in the closet, you're part of the problem.

February 15, 2007 2:53 PM
No. 18
MacLeongaway says:

"Go away Hardaway" sounds like a concoction from none other than Dave and Molly. Having a very similar, if not identical last name, they probably said things like "Go away Longaway", or "Longagay", like Michael K used to. Or "His dick is Longaway! You can't even see it it's so small!"
But that is just my assessment.

February 15, 2007 3:05 PM
No. 19
kali says:

I heard this interview on ESPN last night and was completely shocked. Yeah it's America and one has the right to say whatever they want but there's consquences. Hardaway is an asshole but he's now relegated to being a little bitch upon calling back and saying he "didn't mean it". At least have the balls to stand by your ignorance, dumbass.

February 15, 2007 3:28 PM
No. 20
sunshine says:

No. 1
angela says:

He's not working against everything his lineage struggled for. He's just afraid of getting ass-pregnant in the locker room.
February 15, 2007 12:58 PM

yea i think that's it.

mollygood, south beach is not all gay, neither is miami. that is a stereotype. there are a many, many heterosexuals too.

February 15, 2007 3:40 PM
No. 21
The Alpaca says:

Oh, yeah. Ledge NoMuscleman? You're full of shit. And don't think I don't know who you are. Your ass is going to be sorry, because I am Jewish mother fucker. We own Hollywood. Your ass works for me! All I have to do is say "Get that little fucker Ledge out of the Screen Actors Guild" and thats it for you. Your ass will be out in the street. I did it to Star Jones, and I sure as the hell can do it to you.
I hate racist people.

February 15, 2007 3:43 PM
No. 22
Dame Diddash says:

Shut the F*ck up....Dont EVER compare being black and being gay again in your miserable little life...THEY ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING THE SAME THING!!! Being gay however tragically unchangeable is still an active deviant choice that you people make to act on your f*cked up sexual desires...Being black is NOT a choice and is a badge of honor that I wear proudly. SOmething I am sad to say YOU (homo's) will never be able to do. (And shouldn't, keep your disgusting deviant feelings to yourself!!!)

February 15, 2007 4:44 PM
No. 23
Cord says:

I disagree that homosexuality is a choice. So do many scientists.

February 15, 2007 4:46 PM
No. 24
LedgeMusselman says:

That's real funny Alpaca packer. You haven't got a clue who I am. But I've been in SAG longer than you've been alive. And your attack on Star Jones just proves that YOU are racist AND sexist. Now go screw your furry alpaca, or does he screw you?

February 15, 2007 4:48 PM
No. 25
whatever says:

whatever, he's dumb nigger.

February 15, 2007 4:53 PM
No. 26
Cord says:

There it is. Now, where's the "a"?

PS Try not to take things to the gay/race bashing.

February 15, 2007 4:55 PM
No. 27
fersure says:

he's A dumb nigger..and this is america so i can say whatever i want..i dont want no niggers here, or even on my planet..fuck him dumb nigger

February 15, 2007 4:57 PM
No. 28
spell check says:

Oh Cord? Where's the "is"?

February 15, 2007 4:58 PM
No. 29
hardawaymoron says:

"You know, I hate niggers, so I let it be known. I don't like nigger people and I don't like to be around nigger people. I am niggerphobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."

February 15, 2007 5:01 PM
No. 30
The Alpaca says:

You're this man:
By tonight, I will have your real name, address, photos, etc. I am going to know everything about you. When you wake up, when you sleep, even what type of brand of toilet paper you use to wipe your ass. I am even going to know about your porno rentals, and urine samples. I am even going to know what your fecal matter smells like. Why? Because I am crazy.
In the even that you are someone else, I will probably hack into this sites server and do an IP check.
And my grandfather Bill Hannah has been making shitty cartoons before you were even thought of.
And Star Jones is a racist towards Jews, and she is in league with Al-Qaida. And I have the utmost respect for women. My grandmother was half black, by the way.
And yes, I am very fond of my alpaca. I bet he would be a better fuck than you.

February 15, 2007 5:04 PM
No. 31
Hey, bitch. says:

hardawaymoron, take that shit somewhere else, hillbilly. You already gave your opinion on http://www.jossip.com

February 15, 2007 5:10 PM
No. 32
LedgeMusselman says:

Hey alpaca, I mean Robert, your link to IMBD doesn't work. Do I need to come to Hemet and visit you personally?


February 15, 2007 5:11 PM
No. 33
Hey Dame diddash says:

While I agree that race and sexual preference are not to be compared, I think someone needs to sit in the angry corner...

February 15, 2007 5:13 PM
No. 34
hey bitch..fuck off says:

hey bitch,
This is a free country and I can say whatever the fuck I want, whenever the fuck I want, as many times as I want. so deal with it shit bag.
Now fuck off pissant

February 15, 2007 5:16 PM
No. 35
The Alpaca says:

Are you going to bring the Merlot?

February 15, 2007 5:17 PM
No. 36
Hey bitch, eat me. says:

I bet my dick is bigger than yours.

February 15, 2007 5:18 PM
No. 37
adamblast says:

Sad to see the talkbalk devolve to the typical homopobic rants vs. rascist rants. It's almost inevitable once you start throwing around "group X should *know* better--because of their own struggles--than to misuse group Y."

It never works that way. Blacks have never, on the whole, respected the struggle of gays. Then again gays have never, on the whole, respected the struggle of blacks. Stop expected more from everyone else, and expect more of yourself.

PS. And Dame Diddish, you're a just a dick.

February 15, 2007 5:23 PM
No. 38
LedgeMusselman says:

OK, I'll bring the wine, considering your religious persuasion, I was thinking Mogan David? And save the big black alpaca for me, I don't want sloppy seconds.

February 15, 2007 5:23 PM
No. 39
adamblast says:

Should read: Stop expecting more from everyone else, and expect more of yourself.

February 15, 2007 5:25 PM
No. 40
Ok, lets cut the bullshit. says:

Being black has absolutely no influence on being gay whatsoever. There are homophobic peoples of all races and colors. Discrimination comes from all races and colors, and all countries and walks of life. To believe otherwise is absurd.

February 15, 2007 5:34 PM
No. 41
meow says:

This is so funny to me..Why are people so uptight about someones sexual preference? why do people care about this? what 2 consenting adults do behind closed doors, as long as it does not cause harm to anything or anyone..why is that such a big deal to pe0ple..why do they even CARE? i guess it boils down to fear brought on by religion..very sad. oh just a question for adamblast..what about the plight of gay blacks? they do exist.

February 15, 2007 6:33 PM
No. 42
adamblast says:

Of course they do. I live with one. My point is this: sadly, being oppressed has never (as a general rule) made anyone less likely to oppress others. Empathy doesn't come automatically from suffering, and demonizing other groups has always been the cornerstone to power, especially among subgroups themselves.

Hence, in this example, it's dumb and arrogant for a presumably white man to shout out "Blacks should know better than to be homophobic!" Even if true.

February 15, 2007 6:55 PM
No. 43
Nigger Killa says:

You know, for years I went around thinking that it was okay to be different in this country and that bigotry and hatred were really on the fringes of society. But after hearing Tim Hardway exercise his freedom of expression that was won by a bunch of rich white guys who convinced a bunch of poor white men and women to fight against King George and further Mr. Hardaway's freedom from slavery, which was signed into law by a well known gay president named Abraham and which was finally granted through the largest conflict with the most deaths in the history of this great country, I am encouraged that we are now really making progress. Wait, on second thought, maybe the world would be a better place if that Nigger just got his black ass back in the cotton field instead of making millions a year for playing with an orange leather ball because clearly he doesn't deserve any of this considering he doesn't understand the history that even allowed himi to grace us with his stupidity in the first place!

February 15, 2007 7:02 PM
No. 44
Cord says:

Again, I can't stress enough that it's impossible to try and combat homophobia with racism. It immediately neuters your point.

February 15, 2007 7:07 PM
No. 45
The Alpaca says:

Judging by your level of intelligence, Jack Daniels should be appropriate.

February 15, 2007 7:09 PM
No. 46
Hey, Nigger killa. says:

Maybe it would be a better place without you. Kill yourself. And America is much more tolerable than Britain. Britain has a royalty system, meaning that a specific family is provided for just because of they're heritage. That could be considered discrimination. As could the national anthem "God save the Queen." Save the queen, and not the kingdom?
Furthermore, fuck you. Pick our own damn cotton, hillbillly. Don't get mad because Lincoln abolished slavery. Bitch.

February 15, 2007 7:15 PM
No. 47
Don Holcomb says:


A person purports to "hate" beyond all reason, the thing that is truly the most like them.

Tim Hardaway is simply exposing his own latent homosexual tendencies. Deep inside, he feels sexually attracted to the moist, soapy, muscular bodies that surround him in the team's showers.

He would probably get a chubby just reading that last bit.


February 15, 2007 7:16 PM
No. 48
Jaden says:

Clearly most of you failed to see the cold irony that Nigger Killa has woven into the background of his monologue. I had to read it a few times to get it. Written text, as opposed to spoken word, suffers from the condition that the listener is allowed to read into the text any subtext, back-story, or emotion they are currently feeling or expriencing. I actually think he or she made a good point. Even so, what I believe is "Yes" Tim has a right to say what he wants as much as the rest of us. And "Yes" Tim has the right to work in any profession that is willing to pay for his talents. And "Yes", I agree with President Lincoln's emancipation proclaimation and the result of this country's civil war and civil rights movement. But "NO", I don't agree that if Tim, as a NBA celebrity, has an opinion that is built around hatred, intolerance, or bigotry that he has a right to express that hatred on the public airwaves. Being a celebrity using the public airwaves is a special case, not the least of which is the fact being a celebrity brings with it the responsibility to understand the words you say and the actions you take whilst in public. Words combined with celebrity status has the effect of amplifying the meaning or intent of the words in the heads of young people. Using the public airwaves to do this is a violation of NBA & FCC rules that I think should be harshly dealt with. It is due to this that I feel Tim stepped way over the line and owes the world more than a simple apology. What, well I really haven't had time to think about it.

February 15, 2007 7:48 PM
No. 49
Oh, I got it. says:

I understood Nigger Killa's innane diatribe the first time I read it. And it offended me to make such comparisons anyway, so away with him.

February 15, 2007 8:00 PM
No. 50
waitaminute says:

whats for dinner?

February 15, 2007 11:46 PM
No. 51
Luk says:
February 16, 2007 3:29 AM
No. 52
Alix says:

This guy's in gay denial. Flame on baby!

February 16, 2007 8:01 AM
No. 53
Star says:

I agree that hating a group of people is wrong but being gay is not the same thing as being black. Two different struggles. When gay people can say "we were stolen from our land, millions thrown from slave ships on the way here, language and customs erased, worked for free while being beaten and have been hung from trees and murdered for whistling at a white woman" then we can compare the struggle. Until then, there is no comparison. I think people should be able to live the way they want and let God judge them. But again, BEING GAY IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING BLACK!!!

February 16, 2007 1:57 PM
No. 54
Carrie says:

Cheers to Hardaway for his honesty.
I think alot of people feel the same way he does.

Gays are outright annoying.

February 16, 2007 3:01 PM
No. 55
P says:

i'd take a homo over an ignorant nigger any day. stupid niggers!!

February 16, 2007 5:29 PM
No. 56
sociallubricant says:

yeah, i bet you take homos P. after a couple drinks and a valium, i bet you take every inch. hunh?
shshsh shh.don't talk.

February 16, 2007 5:52 PM
No. 57
Dame Diddash says:

What pitiful world do you ignorant ass low life's live in?... Using the word niggER like that?!?!?! My god.. it is not our faults that your father f*cked his sister and you came out looking like Barf from goonies? Stay in your worthless one horse town full of failed abortioned inbred wastes of space like yourself...The rest of us live in 2007......Go kill yourself you worthless excuse for a shit bag.

February 16, 2007 6:09 PM

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