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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Oh Please

Stern to Hardaway: You're out!

Bans guard for his antigay remarks


One day after Tim Hardaway said he would distance himself from gays, the NBA distanced itself from him. Yesterday, the league banned the former Heat guard from All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas because of his antigay remarks.

Hardaway, who played in five All-Star games during the 1990s, already was in Las Vegas and was slated to make a series of public appearances this week on behalf of the league. But after the 13-year NBA veteran said, "I hate gay people" Wednesday during a radio interview, commissioner David Stern took action.

"We removed him from representing us because we didn't think his comments were consistent with having anything to do with us," Stern said yesterday at the opening of a fan festival at a Las Vegas casino.

Stern said he had not spoken with Hardaway, who left Vegas yesterday, but planned to do so.

If anyone doesn't think Tim Hardaway doesn't represent 90 percent of current NBA players, they're idiots.

Hardaway didn't wake up a homophobe. He was raised in a culture which made homosexuality a personal failing, even a sin, something white people did. And to expect that the NBA is enlightened is a joke. Gays are as unwelcome in an NBA locker room as they are in much of African-American life.

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