years of judgment based on 30 seconds

5 03 2007

You’ve probably heard about Tim Hardaway, a former NBA player, saying he “hates” gay people.  It was definitely a poor choice of words.  He’s received a lot of flack over his statement, but I wonder how long it will continue, as well as how long it should continue.

Scoop Jackson, a writer at ESPN, has known Hardaway almost all his life, and wanted to get to the bottom of the issue.  So he interviewed Hardaway about a week after all this started.  You can find the transcript of the interview here.  One question really stood out to me :

Do you think it’s fair that 30 seconds of your life is going to be how you are ultimately judged for the rest of your life?

Think about it.  He made a mistake, no doubt, in saying something he shouldn’t say.  But he has apologized, and this interview shows that he doesn’t really hate gay people but just doesn’t approve of their lifestyle.  So how long should he be persecuted for his statement?  How long will fans remember?  How long will the media bring this up anytime he is mentioned?

Something else to consider is whether the media is presenting his explanation and apology?  There was plenty of attention on his bad choice of words, but are we hearing “the rest of the story”?  It’s definitely not fair to Hardaway if much of the public hears that one statement but doesn’t hear why he said it, especially if they are going to judge why he said it.

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5 03 2007
Silas

A good point. It is also unfair to take those 30 seconds and eradicate all of the successes he has had in the past. Nobody is perfect and it is a shame that I didn;t hear about this heartfelt apology. I heard he TRIED to apologize, but the media is really biased on the issue.

When it comes to homosexuality in sports the media has said (especially on ESPN) that there are a lot more homosexuals in sports than we want to admit. I think that they WANT to believe there are a lot more homosexuals currently in pro sports.

It’s wrong for Hardaway to say the things he did. However, his beliefs on homosexuality are shared by many, if not the majority, of others in pro sports. It’s just that those players try to be politically correct and keep quiet so they don’t end up getting a lot of flak from the public/media.

It seems that heterosexual athletes cannot say that they don’t approve of the gay lifestyle because it is considered hate speech or just plain wrong. They have to tip toe around the issue in order to preserve their own careers.

So who are the ones truly being censored??

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