Back in 2007, former NBA great Tim Hardaway made some really homophobic statements during a radio interview in Miami.

"I hate gay people," he said, "so let it be known. I don't like gay people, and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. It should not be in the world or in the United States."

Today, he's singing a much different tune. After several years of counseling, Hardaway has now come around to the idea of gay rights and is even serving as an advocate for same-sex marriage in Florida. He just became one of the first people to sign a new petition asking for same-sex marriage to be recognized in the Sunshine State.

The petition needs at least 680,000 signatures in order to be placed on a ballot in 2014. A subsequent vote on the issue would then help determine whether or not gay marriages will be recognized in Florida in the future. But either way, it's great to see how far Hardaway has come on the issue. If he can do it, anyone can.

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[via For The Win]