The NBA canceled all of Hardaway's events scheduled for this weekend, including an appearance as an ''NBA Legend'' at the YMCA of Southern Nevada and participation in the NBA's community caravan leading up to Sunday's All-Star game in Las Vegas.
"It is inappropriate for him to be representing us given the disparity between his views and ours,'' NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement issued by the league.
In a Wednesday radio interview with the Miami Herald's chief sports columnist, the former Miami Heat guard criticized the recent coming out of John Amaechi. Haradway insisted that he would never play on a team with an openly gay man and offered these choice observations: "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. 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."
Former NBA center John Amaechi says Hardaway's anti-gay rant demonstrates "the need to continue the conversation" about homophobia in society in general and sports in particular. "I don't need Tim's comments to realize there's a problem," Amaechi told The Associated Press. "People said that I should just shut up and go away—now they have to rethink that."
Hardaway has also been associated with Nike and Dorritos. No word yet on the status of those endorsement deals.
NBA Rebukes Hardaway for Anti-Gay Rant (Miami Herald)
Hardaway: I Wouldn't Play with a Gay Man (Fox Sports)
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