Right, because there are SO many gay people out there looking to assault enormous ex-professional athletes. Timmy may get some saliva in his soup, or some bad service at the Ferragamo store, but has anyone actually been assaulted for voicing anti-gay views? There are some very big, tough, gay men, but they don't go around violently attacking people just for being idiotic bigots.
Scoop Jackson also suggested that Hardaway's kid might be in danger from a roving band of violent homosexual activists. The chances of that happening are approximately the same as his being gored by a unicorn. The truth is that most high schools are still incredibly hostile places for homosexuals and he's more likely to be congratulated by a homophobic jock than stabbed by a member of his school's production of "Cabaret."
Hardaway probably has homosexual urges that he's repressing. I'm straight, a 0 or 1 on the Kinsey scale, and I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about homosexuals or homosexual sex except when it bursts into the news, or it's shoved in my face (I'm in the Village and there are a bunch of guys making out.) If you spend the time necessary to build up that kind of hate towards gay people, the kind of hate where you won't even shake hands with someone because his lover's name is Brian instead of Brianna, you're either fighting your own homosexuality (Ted Haggard) or you're just a hateful hateful person who needs a target for your rage.