Former Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway, who destroyed his post-NBA career by proudly declaring on radio "I hate gay people" when former pro-basketball player John Amaechi came out, has been working with LGBT youth and will co-sponsor a Miami Beach fundraiser for The Trevor Project, reports the Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus. Hardaway still is obsessed with the prospect of gay players in the showers.
"Gays and lesbians, we don't have to accept the act, but we have to accept them as people. Especially children, we don't want them to kill themselves. We want them to live their lives as they want to," said Hardaway, who took several training sessions at YES Institute, a local anti-suicide group for gay youth. After the anti-gay rant, Hardaway lost his advertising endorsements and income. "The endorsements will never come back. People have taken that and it's gone. I understand that. I'm trying to look for work and provide for my family," he said. "All that stuff has left me high and dry. I have to dig for work. Hardaway has repeatedly apologized for what he said, but still wants to know who's gay in the locker room: 'We have a right to know. We'd say, `How do you want to do this? Do you want to go into the shower first, or do you want me to go into the shower'"
Some people are fighting for LGBT youth and their right not to be harassed, others, well, they're fighting for the "right to know" who is in the locker room. Thanks for asking, Timmy. Sounds like you have some experience in these negotiations.