Former NBA star is ashamed of homophobic remarks he made 10 years ago

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 6: Former NBA player Tim Hardaway attends The 24th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner benefiting The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis (national fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis) at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 6, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Brian Bedder/Getty Images for The Miami Project)

Speaking on Dan Le Batard’s radio show ten years ago, Hardaway said: “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. So, yeah, I don’t like it.” But in the recent interview to Washington Post the former sportsman says that he has never been homophobic. He has no idea what made him say so, but his past words are now terrifying him. He says: “When I said what I said . . . I still cringe at it when I think about it, and [it] still hurts me deep inside that I said something like that because I gave people an opportunity to hurt people. It hurts me to this day, what I said, and you know what? It’s going to hurt me for the rest of my life, because I’m not that type of person. I feel bad about it, and I’m always going to feel bad about it. ” His words all those years ago came as he discussed John Amaechi, a former NBA centre who came out as gay. Amaechi, although, tweets that he hardly believes his colleague’s words. “It’s strange with all that rehabilitation & angst – Tim has never found the time to actually talk to me. Must have been an oversight.”

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