Hardaway Banned For Anti-Gay Slur

Associated Press
Friday, February 16, 2007

The NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas because of anti-gay remarks he made on a Miami radio show Wednesday.

Hardaway, who played in five all-star games during the 1990s, was already in Las Vegas and scheduled to make a series of public appearances this week on behalf of the league. But after saying, "I hate gay people," during a radio interview, Commissioner David Stern stepped in.

"It is inappropriate for him to be representing us given the disparity between his views and ours," Stern said in a statement yesterday.

Hardaway's comments -- for which he later apologized -- came a week after John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to say he was gay.

On Wednesday's show, Hardaway was asked how he would interact with a gay teammate.

"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," the former Miami Heat star said. "I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I'm homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."

Said Amaechi: "It's difficult for straight people in a hyper-masculine role to stand up for gay people."

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