Tim Hardaway was a portion of a single of the initial Massive Threes, and the other two are at the League Hall of Fame. He believes he knows why he hasn’t combined themhis well-publicized rant from over a decade ago, in which he said he hated gay folks.
Hardaway, 52, was a five-time all star in his 13 seasons in the league. His crossover move was legendary.
He teamed with Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin to form”Run TMC” at Golden State and lead that the Warriors back to relevance with an intriguing type of basketball. Mullin and Richmond are both in the Hall.
Hardaway went on to put up big numbers for coach Pat Riley in Miami. His career numbers certainly deserve Hall of Fame account, but he says that they are overshadowed with his 2007 comments.
“I really don’t like gay people and I really don’t enjoy to be around gay folks. I’m homophobic. I don’t like it. It should not be in the world or at the United States.”
Asked about potentially using a gay teammate — such as for example John Amaechi, who’d recently come out — Hardaway reacted:”First of all, I wouldn’t need him in my own team. And second , if he was in my team, I’d, you know, really distance myself because, uh, I really don’t believe that is right. And you understand I really don’t think he should take the locker room while we’re from the lockerroom. I mightn’t even be part of that.”
After the comments, Hardaway was banned from the league’s all star festivities. He cried, but it’s been a long road to recovery for his standing. He has worked with LGBTQ groups to increase awareness and secure rights and petitioned Florida to prosecute same sex union.
“Well, you realize the reason I’m not in is basically really as a result of everything I said in 2007 about gay people,” he told Hoops Hype recently. “That is why I’m not in right now, and I understand it. I hurt a good deal of people’s feelings and it came from the wrong way and it was bad I’d like to mention. Since that time, I have turned a wrong into a right. My parents used to always tell me,’If you do something wrong, look this at the attention. Do not back from this and be scared of it. Go make it right and make people understand you made a mistake.’
“And that’s what I did. I’m attempting to do what’s right, supporting gay men and women and transgender individuals. I want visitors to understand [what they go through] and understand them as people. They need ton’t be seen as’alternative’ people. All those are people too. They ought to have to live their lives like we live our lives and that means having freedom and having a great time. They ought to have to appreciate their life the way that they’re supposed to delight in life. … I have spoke to folks from the LGBTQ community [and I tell them],’You are assumed to own the exact rights we have and supposed to have the ability to do all that we do.
Hardaway, who was a Detroit Pistons assistant from 2014 to 2018, said that making the Hall”would indicate a lot,” but”there’s nothing I can do about this .”
“I understand I’m not in. All I can do is keep living. My parents always told me,’You can not get a grip on what you can not restrain.'”