first_imgThe NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star weekend in Las Vegas after he made anti-gay remarks in a radio interview. Hardaway, who played in five All-Star games during the 1990s, was 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. Hardaway eventually apologized for his comments, which came a week after John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to say he was gay. “As an African-American, I know all too well the negative thoughts and feelings hatred and bigotry cause,” Hardaway said Thursday in a statement issued by his agent. Hardaway represented the NBA in Las Vegas this week at a Habitat for Humanity event and a fitness promotion. “We removed him from representing us because we didn’t think his comments were consistent with having anything to do with us,” Stern told reporters Thursday at the opening of a fan festival at a Las Vegas casino, part of the NBA’s All-Star weekend. Stern said he had not spoken with Hardaway, who left Las Vegas on Thursday, but he planned to do so. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img