Hardaway Explains

The poor guy thinks he committed a "hate crime." More reason to hate hate crime laws. He also uses this somewhat unfortunate metaphor:

I don't have a hate bone in my body.

Ahem. Money quote:

You know, we were brought up to not even condone or associate yourself with a gay person. If you knew of a gay person, disassociate yourself with them.

But Tim, you've been in Miami for years now and there is a strong and public gay community there. How have you still held on to that same mentality while living in Miami all of these years?

I just get away from it. I just walk away. I see it, I just go the other way, cross the street.

So at no point did you ever try to understand their lifestyle or way of life?

No. Never did. Never wanted to.

I have to say I'm impressed with Hardaway's honesty, and defend his right to his opinions and beliefs, even if I don't share them. I hope he sees that he's missing a lot in excluding gay people from his life, but it's his life, not mine. Leave him alone.