NBA star Tim Hardaway in 2007:
"Well, you know, I hate gay people. I let it be known, I don’t like gay people. I don’t like to be around gay people… Yeah, I’m homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world, or in the United States.”
NBA star Tim Hardaway in 2011:
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has a new ally and his name is Tim Hardaway. The former NBA All-Star traveled to El Paso, Texas, last Thursday—where he perfected his killer crossover dribble, also known as the UTEP-Two Step—to stand up for gay rights. There is a group in El Paso who are trying to recall mayor John Cook and two members of the city counsel for re-establishing domestic partner benefits for both gay and unmarried couples. Hardaway arrived from Miami to speak at a press conference organized by the "No Recall" group.
"It's not right to not let the gays and lesbians have equal rights here," Hardaway told the crowd. "If I know El Paso, like they came together when the 1966 team won a championship and Don Haskins started those five [black] guys, I know the city will grow and understand that gays and lesbians need equal rights."