Tim Hardaway — The former Sacramento and Miami Heat point guard said on a radio show in 2007 that he would not want a gay player on his team.
“You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known,” Hardaway 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 was a guest of Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard on Miami sports radio station WAXY-AM and was asked how he would deal with a gay teammate. When asked if he would accept an active player’s coming out, such as that of retired NBA center John Ameachi, Hardaway replied: “First of all, I wouldn’t want him on my team.
“And second of all, if he was on my team, I would, you know, really distance myself from him because, uh, I don’t think that’s right. And you know I don’t think he should be in the locker room while we’re in the locker room. I wouldn’t even be a part of that,” he said.
Hardaway was quickly disposed of by the NBA, for whom he was in Las Vegas to help promote the annual All-Star weekend festivities, and he was pretty much banished from the national airwaves forever. He only recently reappeared on the national scene as he supported his son, Tim Hardaway Jr., the Michigan Wolverine who was playing in the 2013 NCAA Tournament in March.