Former NBA Homophobe Tim Hardaway Is First To Sign Florida Marriage Equality Petition
Quite the turnaround. Former NBA player Tim Hardaway made headlines in 2007 when he stated in an interview:
"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."
Now he's become the first person to sign a petition in support of getting a marriage equality constitutional amendment added to the Florida ballot.
"If you’re married you're married – you should see your significant other in the hospital, make choices for your significant other if you need to make those choices,” Hardaway said Wednesday night as he showed his support for the effort that would legalize gay marriage in Florida.
Hardaway calls his 2007 comments “truly, truly wrong.”
Hardaway said gay cousins and relatives of his sat him down and talked with him.
“It was very, very, very heartfelt from them,” he said.
Hardaway said he is making amends – and since his infamous interview he has put in time with organizations that help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Vanessa Brito, the chairperson of Equal Marriage Florida, has been by his side – and caught flack for it.
"I've gotten a lot of heat. And criticism from gay community – even from the mainstream community,” she said.
What do you think of Hardaway's transformation, Instincters?