Mel Gibson, Michael Richards, Isaiah Washington and now Tim Hardaway. It’s shame, but if you believe there’s a blessing in every storm, then the discussion now should not be Why but What Next?
Who knows what provoked Tim Hardaway’s “hate” tirade last week. It was a shame, though it may have also been a necessary part of our journey. And maybe for Tim’s journey, as well.
Face it: He spoke for an element of people -inside NBA locker rooms and beyond. How big an element? Who knows. But soon, perhaps some current NBA star will step up and offer a “counter” to Tim’s ugly “point.”
I’d like to share one email I received from a friend that sheds some light onto just how and why people often arrive at places that defy explanation:
Like race, the notion of ones sexual orientation is a dynamic issue. My brother was sexually accosted by someone in our neighborhood when he was seven years old. It really messed him up mentally, the nature of the abuse withstanding. Still, who is to say but for that event, and the subsequent abuse that secretly followed, he would have turned out differently. Perhaps I’m not best qualified to offer an objective opinion, however I will say that I am in 100 percent agreement with Coretta Scott-Kings perspective.
I am also of the belief that his circumstances had a profound impact on who he ultimately became.
He died of AIDS related lymphoma in “92”.
I do know this much, Jesus would love him no less and, that goes double for me or anyone else who either chooses the lifestyle willingly or as a result of influences beyond their control.
I’m not sure what happens to Tim Hardaway now. How about exchanging notes with the bigoted Grey’s Anatomy” star? The mayor of North Miami, who’s gay, has invited Hardaway to spend a day with him. Hardaway should take him up on it, And like Richard and Gibson, he should seek to discover the cause – the source – of his hatred. Those moves would be a good start.\