Tim Hardaway Approves of How Joakim Noah Handled Anti-Gay Outburst

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The Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah's "fuck you, faggot" outburst during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat was one thing (certainly an inexcusable thing, but not something that necessarily makes him a raging homophobe). Tim Hardaway's 2007 outburst in which he stated, "I hate gay people... I am homophobic," was on a whole other level and actually did make him a raging homophobe. However, Heat-alum Hardaway says he thinks Noah handled the situation in the correct way.

Hardaway, who was one of the Heat's first true stars and still works for the franchise today, went on a homophobic tirade on a radio show in 2007 after former NBA player John Amaechi came out as gay.

"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," he said. "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 issued an apology later that day and has since worked with GLBT groups such as the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention initiative aimed at gay youth, to educate himself on queer issues.

Of course, Noah's outburst brought Hardaway's comments back into the spotlight, and Hardaway addressed the issues again on an ESPN radio show.

"He took the onus and went ahead and corrected the whole situation, like I did," Hardaway said Wednesday on The Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000. "That's all you can do is correct the situation.

"You're not trying to hurt anybody. You're not trying to offend anyone. You just have to take the right approach and hold your own self accountable for it and make everything right. That's all you can do."

Hardaway also added that his reputation might never fully recover after his 2007 remarks.

"It hurt [my reputation] tremendously," he said. "I'm still trying to rectify it. People ask me about it, and I tell them, 'That's in the past. I'm moving forward.'

"I still learn from it, and it's still a bump in the road for me. But you have to still move forward, still have to keep going, and that's the way it is. I'm not trying to shy away from it. I'm not trying to say I didn't do it. I'm rectifying it. I understand what I said and how I said it, which was wrong. And I'm just trying to move on from it."

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MRt
MRt

Tim Hardaway is a Scam!  He has lots of unpaid Debt and a Judgment in his name (Timothy Hardaway)  In his hometown Chicago Illinois...Fake and real good at BS...  

Guest2
Guest2

hahaha Hardaway said onus and rectify, what a...

Guest
Guest

A black man knows the spiritual damaged caused from being dehumanized and degraded.

That so many black men are so willing, eager even, to pass along that spiritual abuse is something I will never understand.  And I am thankful for that.

Stanley J
Stanley J

My guess is this is just another way to show your hatred without directly saying so......

Stanley J
Stanley J

Simple answer - the hate groups have targetted black churches.  the lever is that black men in the past were called "boy", essentially dehumanizing their manhood.

Mix that with the idea that gay men are effeminette -most anything but , but stereotypes can rule - and you have a volatile mixture.

reminds me of the black pastor whose t shirt in MD at the gay marriage hearings said""

"gays, third sex, lesbians(some biblical garbage)worse then animals"

So conveniently forgetting how they were treated as animals and beasts of burden, their women raped by the "massa" to produce more children to be sold as slaves.  

By the leaders of the southern white evangelical/ born again christians, who justified slavery as per the bible.

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Hardway has reformed.  We;ll see about Noah, though kicking him out of the league and bbanning him from sports woudl send a hell of a message.

The goal btw is to get all the secretly gay prof atheletes out of the closet.  its hard to hate someone you know, love, and or respect.

thats how the bigots will be defeated

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