Careers Rocked by Scandal and Controversy

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Tim Hardaway

The retired NBA player was the league's LeBron James before there was a LeBron James. The point guard retired in 2003, but ruined his legacy years later when he made blatantly homophobic comments on a Miami sports radio show. When asked about his fellow NBA player John Amaechi coming out, Hardaway said "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. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States." He later retracted his comments, saying "I didn't realize how many people I hurt."

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