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A little something to remember...

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says,
"I will try again tomorrow."

Thursday, February 15, 2007

UNBELIEVABLE

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star weekend in Las Vegas because of his anti-gay remarks.

Hardaway, who played in five All-Star games during the 1990s, was already in Las Vegas and scheduled to make a series of public appearances this week on behalf of the league. But after saying, "I hate gay people" during a radio interview, commissioner David Stern stepped in.

"It is inappropriate for him to be representing us given the disparity between his views and ours," Stern said in a statement Thursday.

Hardaway's comments -- for which he later apologized -- came a week after John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to say he was gay.

"I don't need Tim's comments to realize there's a problem," Amaechi told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "People said that I should just shut up and go away -- now they have to rethink that."

On a Miami radio show Wednesday, Hardaway was asked how he would interact with a gay teammate.

"First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team," the former Miami Heat star said. "And second of all, if he was on my team, I would, you know, really distance myself from him because, uh, I don't think that is right. I don't think he should be in the locker room while we are in the locker room."

When show host Dan Le Batard told Hardaway those comments were "flatly homophobic" and "bigotry," the player continued.

"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," he said. "I'm homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."

Hardaway also said if he did find out that a teammate was gay, he would ask for the player to be removed from the team.

"Something has to give," Hardaway said. "If you have 12 other ballplayers in your locker room that's upset and can't concentrate and always worried about him in the locker room or on the court or whatever, it's going to be hard for your teammates to win and accept him as a teammate."

Later that night, Hardaway apologized during a telephone interview with WSVN-TV in Miami.

"Yes, I regret it. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said I hate gay people or anything like that," he said. "That was my mistake."

Two major gay and lesbian groups denounced Hardaway's remarks.

"Hardaway's comments are vile, repulsive, and indicative of the climate of ignorance, hostility and prejudice that continues to pervade sports culture," said Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "And by apologizing not for his bigotry, but rather for giving voice to it, he's reminding us that this ugly display is only the tip of a very large iceberg."

Said Matt Foreman, president of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: "Hardaway is a hero to thousands of young people. And that's what makes his comments so troubling. Sadly, his words simply put the pervasive homophobia in the NBA on the table."

Amaechi, who detailed his life in his recent autobiography Man in the Middle, hoped his coming out would be a catalyst for intelligent discourse.

"His words pollute the atmosphere," Amaechi said. "It creates an atmosphere that allows young gays and lesbians to be harassed in school, creates an atmosphere where in 33 states you can lose your job, and where anti-gay and lesbian issues are used for political gain. It's an atmosphere that hurts all of us, not just gay people."

Amaechi taped a spot Thursday for PBS' gay and lesbian program In the Life before heading to a round of television interviews. He said the anti-gay sentiment remains despite the apology.

"It's vitriolic, and may be exactly what he feels," he said. "Whether he's honest or not doesn't inoculate us from his words. It's not progress to hear hateful words."

Amaechi said he hasn't heard from any ex-teammates, but called it "heartwarming" to hear supportive words from Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who coached Amaechi in Orlando, and other training staff.

The 6-foot-10 Amaechi played for Cleveland, Orlando and Utah in a five-year NBA career.

"It's difficult for straight people in a hyper-masculine role to stand up for gay people," he said. "When people start talking about gay players being bold and stepping up, let's talk about straight players being bold and stepping up."

Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Tim Hardaway's comments are completely out of line. Thank goodness the NBA took steps to remove this bigot from their All-Star weekend because of his blatant hatred for gay people.

First of all, Tim, it wasn't that long ago that people might have requested you be removed from your team because you're black. The same civil rights that apply to you, apply to gay men and women. Are you really suggesting segregated locker rooms? One for the straight, ultra butch, homophobes and one for the gay teammates that you're afraid of? And, really...what are you so afraid of? That someone might look at you? I figured since you're so straight and butch that you could take it if some gay guy glanced your way. Or are you really that insecure with your own sexuality? Ugh....you disgust me.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

step, kick, kick, leap, kick touch...

I just returned home from seeing the revival of A CHORUS LINE on Broadway. It was a beautiful production!! I never got the chance to see the show in NYC before it closed the first time around, so I'm very thankful that I got to see it today. My ticket was front row center, and let me tell you....that is the BEST place to see this show. I already have a special place for this show in my heart, but seeing it from so close, I felt like I was a part of the show. I cried so many tears of both joy and pain in the couple of hours I was watching these people tell the stories of dancers from a Broadway past. However...their stories still resonate today! I saw sooo many of my friends from the cast after the show, and I had to thank them for the gift of this show. I needed the reminder that this show gives...the reason I get up every morning to fight crowds in the subway to make a 10am audition, the reason I choose to spend my last few bucks on a dance class instead of Chinese take-out, why I miss the feeling of aching muscles after a full day of auditioning. I do this because I love it....it's more than just a job, it's a gift...and it truly is ours to borrow!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A day off....sort of

I've been burning the candle at both ends since I've been back in NYC. Today, I finally have a day where I have nothing to do....sort of. It will let me catch up on things like laundry which I desperately need to do. It's not an entire day off since I've committed to helping with a BCEFA promotion tonight. Maybe it's silly to wish for, but I would love a day with no responsibility. A day that I could relax for a full 24 hours. Maybe someday I'll get one of those.