Listen up, Timmy Hardaway. We know you got into trouble with that tirade on your opinion of gays. And we know that the media twisted your words to make you look like a homophobic lunatic and politicized your point of view in an effort to use you as a punching bag to further their agenda.
Well, Tony Dungy is out there setting an example for you to follow. The classy and much loved Dungy hates gays, too. But you won't find a media backlash against him. Why? Because Tony Dungy knows how to properly communicate his opinions, that's why.
The coach said his comments shouldn't be taken as gay bashing, but rather his views on the matter as he sees them from a perspective of faith. "We're not anti- anything else. We're not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we're trying to promote the family -- family values the Lord's way," Dungy said.
Timmy, it's all in how you frame your thoughts. If you project them in a family values kind of way promoting religious faith, and leave out derogatory and hurtful sentiment, you won't risk having to go on an apology crusade and reinvent your image.
Dungy told more than 700 people at the Indiana Family Institute's banquet that he agrees with that organization's position supporting a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
See, Timmy? If, instead of saying, "I hate gays". You had said, "I love families consisting of a marriage between a man and a woman", well, you would probably have kept some of those endorsements you lost.
We encourage everyone to remember: Hating gays is wrong. Loving families is right.