Tag:Tim Hardaway
Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 10:42 pm

Tim Hardaway supports pro-Gay Rights politicians

Posted by Ben Golliver
Who could forget when former Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway went on a vicious rant against homosexuals back in 2007?

"I hate gay people, I let it be known," Hardaway said at the time. "I don’t like gay people. I don’t like to be around gay people. I’m homophobic. I don’t like it. There shouldn’t be a world for that or (a place) in the United States for it. I don’t like it."

So much can change in a short period of time.

The El Paso Times -- via Yahoo!'s Ball Don't Lie -- reports that Hardaway is back in Texas, where he famously played his college basketball at UTEP, and publicly supporting politicians who are catching heat for supporting Gay Rights.

In town for a golf outing, Hardaway attended a press conference urging citizens to oppose recall efforts against Mayor John Cook and city Reps. Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega. The three are being recalled by a group of religious conservatives who are angry the three voted to restore health benefits for gay and unmarried partners of city employees -- despite a ballot initiative in November that had abolished them.

In asking citizens to oppose the recall, Hardaway said he was asking them not to do what he did. "I opened my eyes and went to counseling," he said Thursday.

But supporters say they are motivated by frustration that Cook, Byrd and Ortega disregarded the outcome of the November initiative. They also say they harbor no hatred toward gays -- but that they think it's wrong to use tax dollar to support what they believe is an immoral lifestyle.

"I would say grow up and catch up with the times," [Hardaway] said. "It's all around the world."

Regardless of what you think about the political issue at hand, give Hardaway credit for this: apologizing when everyone is demanding an apology is relatively easy. Committing to understanding why and how you erred, working to resolve that error as best you can and then taking a new public stance is far, far more difficult.

Apologies have lost so much of their meaning in our society today and true remorse is difficult to judge because we as a society and a media move on to the next controversy and forget about the last one. "I'm sorry" simply means a lot less than "I was wrong and I'm doing whatever I can to make it right." Kudos to Hardaway for working to make up for his truly regrettable comments and for understanding that "I'm sorry" wasn't enough.

This change of heart doesn't make Hardaway a hero by any means. But it does take him out of the class of celebrities or public figures whose words and admissions of wrongdoing get brushed off as scripted and totally meaningless.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:02 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 6:04 pm

Miami Heat bail out Tim Hardaway from IRS debt

The Miami Heat have reportedly bailed out former point guard Tim Hardaway from significant tax debt by purchasing his house. Posted by Bentim-hardawayGolliver.

It's often said that the greatest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player is to retire his jersey, and while that kind of thing is priceless, taking care of a six-figure IRS debt has to be right up there too.

Earlier this week, Ken Berger detailed Antoine Walker's financial troubles and Royce Young looked at the messes former NBA players often find themselves in. On Thursday, the Detroit News reports that former Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway was up to his UTEP Two-Stepping waist in debt, before his former team stepped in to make his money problems disappear.
The Miami Heat, one of the NBA's hottest teams, bailed out former star Tim Hardaway, whose namesake son plays for the University of Michigan basketball team, by buying his Miami mansion and clearing up a $120,000 federal tax debt.
Hardaway, 44, ran into tax trouble in June despite being paid more than $46.6 million during his NBA career. The IRS filed a tax lien against his property and the bill listed his 7,542-square-foot mansion in suburban Miami. The IRS filed a $120,748 lien against Hardaway and his wife on June 1 with the Miami-Dade County Clerk. According to the lien, the couple owes income taxes from 2005 and 2006.
On Sept. 3, three months after the lien was filed, Hardaway sold the mansion to Miami Heat Limited Partnership, which owns the Miami Heat. The Heat paid $1.985 million, according to public records. Today, the Heat is trying to sell the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath estate, which comes with a pool and private basketball court decorated with a Miami Heat logo, for $2.5 million.
The paper reports that Hardaway refused to provide an explanation for the sale and the team also refused comment. There's nothing obviously illegal about the arrangement, but it's sure unsettling. 

What does this say about the NBA if a team employs a player at a ridiculously high salary for years, watches the player spend his money on ridiculously opulent real estate, purchases the ridiculously opulent real estate when the player runs out of money like so many others, and then attempts to flip the real estate for a profit. 

Come to think of it: this would come off like a genius business plan if it didn't make you feel so dirty thinking about it. Maybe this is why the owners want to lockout next season? So they can buy up all of their players' foreclosed houses and repossessed cars at public auction. 

I kid, I kid. Sort of.
Category: NBA
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