Former NBA star Tim Hardaway went from self-professed homophobe to LGBTQ ally

Tim Hardaway, a nominee for theNaismith Basketball Hall of Fame, once had a reputation for hardline homophobia. But as his history is reviewed in anticipation, Hardaway’s surprising evolution into an ally of the LGBTQ community is coming into light.

Hardaway gained that reputation following comments he made 10 years ago during a radio interview when he was asked former NBA player John Amaechi’s decision to come out as gay.

“Well, you know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known,” Hardaway said ESPN personality Dan Le Batard’s show. “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. So, yeah, I don’t like it.”

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