Thursday, February 15, 2007

Did a gay guy besmirch the crossover dribble or something?

Former NBA star Tim Hardaway made some comments about gay people last night that seem to have gone COMPLETELY under the radar (or "on the down low" if you will). Actually, you've probably heard about it by now but this was what he saideth on a Miami radio station:

“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…First of all, I wouldn’t want (a gay player) on my team. And second of all, if he was on my team, I would really distance myself from him because, uh, 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. But stuff like that is going on and there’s a lot of other people I hear that are like that and still in the closet and don’t want to come out of the closet, but you know I just leave that alone.'’

Eyewitnesses have just come forward w/ details about further remarks in the same vein that Hardaway made off the air:

"Gays are gayin' it up. So mad. So mad at teh gays.* It shouldn't happen in the universe or even in towns. When I am in one building, I want them to be in another building from me and also to, uh, not be gay there. I hereby declare it. When I go to teh movies with women and share a bag of popcorn with women I do not want gays driving cars near the building. I mean, the theater. Hate. Hate them. Hate them so much that... it... it... flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, heathing... breathle - , heating breaths. Heathing breath... "**

The blunt, simple-minded vehemence of Timmy's remarks - spurred of course by former NBA player John Amaechi recently coming out in a new book - reminded me of this classic, still-shocking Brass Eye exposé from 1997:

*According to one source, Hardaway was indeed so mad he was pronouncing words like "the" as typos, out loud.
** The same source did confirm that Hardaway regularly expresses himself by quoting the movie Clue, although he allegedly mutes all of Mr. Green's dialogue when watching the film at home.***

***Two "Clue" references already this year and we're not even through February yet. I kind of can't believe it myself.

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