If you've caught any snippet of sports news in the last week, you should know something about NBA legend Tim Hardaway's (left) harsh comments about former NBA center John Amaechi and his gay proclamation in his new autobiography, "The Man in the Middle."
Quotes from the week:
"People aren't going to get less diverse as we move forward. If anything we're going to get more diverse," said former NBA player John Amaechi. "So we need to come to some kind of resolution to be open and be embracing of that, in order to be better."
“Well, you know, I hate gay people,” said NBA legend Tim Hardaway. “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.”
“You don’t want to know that there is somebody in your locker room and you are not aware of it,” said Sonics guard Ray Allen. “And maybe you had to be careful being where you put yourself in a situation where you might get hit on by a teammate.”
“The fact that John has done this, maybe it will give others the comfort or confidence to come out as well, whether they are playing or retiring,” said Magic guard Grant Hill.
The controversy has also driven dialogue amongst pundits about homosexuality in sports.
On the conservative side, author and nationally syndicated radio show host Michael Medved commented, "Those who suggest that a guy could shower with young female athletes without risk of arousal, or that a gay guy could shower with young male athletes with problems or discomfort, don’t merely defy common sense. They ignore human nature."
On the liberal side, gay actor George Takei, best known as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series, had the the following to say (watch the whole thing, trust me):