Hall of Famer Tim Hardaway makes nasty rape comment during Warriors special
Former NBA star Tim Hardaway made a nasty comment during the broadcast of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs game on Monday night.
The Warriors were doing the “Run TMC” show, which was to honor three of their past stars: Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond.
Bob Fitzgerald is the normal game-by-game announcer alongside former warrior Kelenna Azubuike, so this was a Bay Area special.
Unfortunately for the watchers, however, they had to hear Hardaway comment on a robbery from Draymond Green in a crude manner.
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“You all thought it was great [defense]I thought it was just raping them,” he said during a second quarter play. “I think you should have called the police about it.”
Hardaway later apologized for his comment.
“I used a poor choice of words earlier on the show. I want to apologize for that,” he said. “Let’s get back to the game and finish the game with a 30 point win and go home happy.”
It’s safe to assume that Hardaway won’t be behind the microphone anytime soon after that comment.
And it’s not the first time Hardaway has said the wrong thing. In 2007, he said on “The Dan Le Betard Show” that “I hate gay people, so I let it be known”.
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“I don’t like gay people and I don’t like being around gay people. I’m homophobic,” he added. “I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”
Before being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September, Hardaway apologized for the comments, citing the church that instilled the thoughts in him.
“I grew up in a church, and that’s how churches were – they instilled in you that (homosexuality) wasn’t the way you should be,” Hardaway said via the San Francisco Chronicle. . “I was just taught differently. Don’t talk to them, don’t joke with them, leave them alone. I never tried to say bad things about them or do hateful things. It was just my church upbringing. But I’ll tell you this: It was so wrong of me, and people suffered. I had to grow up and really do some soul-searching. What I said was just hurtful.
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Hardaway spent five and a half seasons with the Warriors, starting as a rookie in the 1989-90 season as the 14th overall pick.
He averaged 19.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 422 career games with them, leading to three of his five All-Star appearances at Golden State.
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Hardaway also played for the Miami Heat for six seasons, while spending a year with the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.