HoopsHype Tim Hardaway rumors

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Tim Hardaway regrets anti-gay comments made in 2007, but believes they resulted in dialogue that advanced society. "What I said and how I said it, it was bad," Hardaway said. "But I think it opened up a lot of eyes and made people really, really understand that these are people and that we shouldn't bash them or throw rocks at them or anything like that. I think that opened up a lot of eyes, opened up a lot of dialogue to which people didn't even want to touch (before). Now, I think they will touch it. I'm not saying that it's a good thing (the comments were made), but, if I didn't say that, I think we still would be further back." Sulia

Over the past several years, Hardaway has provided support at several gay events. When Jason Collins earlier this year became the first active NBA player to reveal he is gay, Hardaway called Collins the day the news broke to offer his support. Hardaway earlier this month was the first signer of a petition seeking the legalization of gay marriage in Florida. "I've changed a lot," Hardaway said. "I hear my (2007) comments today and I cringe because those were bad comments. It was like I was telling people to go bully them, beat them up, you can commit suicide, all the bad things, and that's the way it sounded. I wanted to make amends to myself and make amends to everybody and make sure that they understand totally that wasn't me. I made a big mistake and I just wanted to change it." FOXSports Florida

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It was, you may recall, Hardaway who during a 2007 radio interview said he "hated'' gay people, didn't want to be near them and wouldn't bother to hide his revulsion. To reiterate, the former Warriors star, then three years into retirement and living in Florida, added a two-word exclamation point: "I'm homophobic.'' I asked Tim this week to convey what was on his mind at the time. He said "nothing,'' and there is every reason to take him literally. His evolution, then, is not so much a matter of political expedience but of mind engagement. With the benefits of education and awareness, Hardaway has spent much of his time since as a beacon of tolerance and unity. "We need to respect them as human beings who should have the same rights as any other human beings,'' Hardaway said. Contra Costa Times

In the wake of his previous comments -- made shortly after another retired NBA player, John Amaechi, revealed he is gay -- a contrite Hardaway was introduced by a mutual friend to Vanessa Brito, a lesbian activist in Miami. She explained the potentially far-reaching ramifications of hate speech, which can incite bullies and traumatize those struggling with identity. Hardaway hadn't bothered to consider any of that. "With what I said, people could think it's OK to throw rocks at them or bully them,'' Hardaway said. "I just wanted to make people understand that what I said wasn't cool. I wanted to make amends for it.'' Contra Costa Times

Whereas Hardaway's radio comments were the result of being, in a sense, back on the court, where he was utterly fearless and often led with considerable swagger and ego. He was being macho, responding as macho guys are "expected'' to respond. He now responds from an informed point of view. "Once I started reading about what was happening with these people -- kids getting beat up, bullied and committing suicide -- I realized I made it OK for people to keep ridiculing them,'' he said. "And I felt bad about it.'' Contra Costa Times

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Retired NBA player Tim Hardaway on Wednesday officially endorsed a campaign to legalize gay marriage in Florida. The 46-year-old Hardaway retired from professional basketball in 2003. He was one of the league's best point guards during his 14-year career. GoPride.com

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The Brooklyn Nets will host pre-draft workouts on Monday, June 24 at the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The workouts will be closed to the media, however General Manager Billy King and prospects will be available following the session. Below is a list of participating players: Erick Green, Tim Hardaway Jr, Dennis Tinnon, Demetrius Conger, Giovan Oniangue, Dwayne Davis NBA.com

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