Former Bigot Tim Hardaway Has Stunning Change Of Heart; Former NBA Star Now Supporting Gay Rights
Former NBA star Tim Hardaway, remembered as much for his 2007 "I hate gays" comment as he is his leadership of the Miami Heat in the early 1990s, is now working on behalf of a group defending El Paso political figures who support rights for gay and lesbian couples.
Hardaway, who earned 1989 WAC Player of the Year honors while playing at Texas-El Paso, is speaking out for the "No Recall" campaign in that city. The effort is seeking to prevent a recall vote of El Paso mayor John Cook and other city leaders who are facing criticism for their support of gay rights.
"It's not right to not let the gays and lesbians have equal rights here," explained Hardaway. "I know the city will grow and understand that gays and lesbians need equal rights."
The full story from KVIA-7 reporter Darren Hunt:
Regardless of your views on gay rights, it's easy to recognize that Hardaway's legacy as a bigot was one that distracted many from his outstanding collegiate and NBA careers. His shocking turn of opinion is noteworthy and allows me to return to embracing his Nike spot with Spike Lee as my favorite commercial of all-time:
(Thanks to Ryan Jones for the tip.)
Follow Timothy on Twitter at @bubbaprog.
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