New York Rangers Star Sean Avery Openly Supports Gay Marriage

  • metta

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    May 08, 2011 7:54 AM GMT

    New York Rangers Star Sean Avery Openly Supports Gay Marriage

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/New-York-Rangers-star-Sean-Avery-appears-in-video-supporting-same-sex-marriage-050711


  • DCEric

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    May 08, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    Meh. My Caps beat them.

    /I kid, I kid.
    //Especially since Tampa destroyed us.
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    May 08, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    That's a very cool thing for him to do.
  • TrentGrad

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    May 08, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    It is good...though frankly I was more impressed with Brian Burke taking a stand against the bullying of gay kids in schools.

    Brian's son Brendan was gay...he was killed in a traffic collision...and as I recall, Brian Burke marched in Pride for his son.

    He has not had to state a position on marriage equality because here in Canada, gay people already have it: however he has given his time promoting tolerance and an end to bullying.



    Brendan himself, before he was killed in the accident, also came out to his own hockey team...and was accepted by them as well. He's probably about as close as anyone has come while playing hockey to having admitted to being gay.

  • RSportsguy

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    May 08, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    Very cool for Sean! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 08, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    that's great. another ally icon_biggrin.gif

    I wonder if hockey players are more accepting in general than other pro sports?... or is it that they're just not afraid to speak their mind on these things?
    (some people argue that it's because there are so many european and canadian players in the NHL, i.e countries w more liberal views on homosexuality)
  • metta

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    May 10, 2011 7:56 AM GMT
    NHL agent: Avery ‘misguided’ on gay marriage

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2011/05/09/nhl-agent-avery-misguided-on-gay-marriage/

    @uptownhockey - FYI, just because you say that you are not a bigot does not mean that you are not one. Your statements say otherwise.

    You can actually tweet him back on that web page.
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    May 10, 2011 9:24 AM GMT
    Wasn't he an intern at Vogue?
  • rnch

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    May 10, 2011 12:40 PM GMT
    atta boy!



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    May 10, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    Brendan was with the Miami, OH Redhawks, part of the CCHA. He has educated 1000s in his passing.

    His death has changed college hockey forever, and hopefully the pros as well. The number of supportive hockey players alone, has increased exponentially.

    His father is an awesome human being for continuing to educate the masses.

    Hopefully it helps his family heal.
  • hartfan

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    May 10, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    This might just be the first time I actually give respect to Sean Avery.
  • NerdLifter

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    May 10, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    DCEric said//Especially since Tampa destroyed us.


    That was a sad day icon_sad.gif
  • metta

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    May 11, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Colleagues decry agent's comments opposing gay marriage

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2011-05-10/colleagues-decry-agents-comments-opposing-gay-marriage-1

    Twitter reply
    https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?in_reply_to=67689998723457024

    I told him that: "If you want to be a proud bigot, that is your choice. Enjoy!"
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    May 11, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    metta8 saidColleagues decry agent's comments opposing gay marriage

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2011-05-10/colleagues-decry-agents-comments-opposing-gay-marriage-1

    Twitter reply
    https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?in_reply_to=67689998723457024

    I told him that: "If you want to be a proud bigot, that is your choice. Enjoy!"


    One of many parts I can't wrap my head around... Avery shows support for a proposal to change a law in the New York... and some yahoo not from New York or any other of the 50 United States (but from Canada, of all places, where marriage is legal) wants to object to it?

    To that whacko agent: You can't rationally object to someone else changing laws outside of your own jurisdiction in one breath and then say you could not care less about whether something's "legal or not" in the next. Apparently you do care!

    He later said he would consider severing business ties with people like Avery who don't agree with something that is just his "personal opinion," then threw out there an unsubstantiated statement that a "majority of Canadians" (by who's measure???) are in agreement with him.
  • TrentGrad

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    May 11, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    The good news is that, this is going to get the ball rolling on people in hockey talking about marriage equality.

    The bad news for that agent, and especially for the TV idiot from Sportsnet is that, while many hockey players MIGHT lean more towards conservative views of homosexuality, no one really wants to be seen as embracing a stand that comes across as bigoted!

    Especially in light of the Kobe Bryant situation, players and leagues are typically more adept at ducking these issues that could cost them fans and sponsors. Of course players are loved...agents and broadcasters are merely the hangers on...and in most cases, people are indifferent to them.

    I don't know if they'll pay a price for this...but they seem to have gone well beyond the scope of merely expressing an opinion...to the point where they're actively saying to people with different views "YOU ARE WRONG."

    Avery is probably laughing his ass off at this!
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    May 11, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidWell, I've never been much of an athletic supporter, but I'd be happy to be his. icon_twisted.gif

    HA! Nice.
  • RSportsguy

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    May 11, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    I wonder what one of Reynolds clients wife feels about his comments. I am sure that Carrie Underwood ( Nashville Predator Mike Fisher's wife) has plenty of gay fans that buy her albums and download her songs. Just saying! icon_wink.gif
  • TrentGrad

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    May 11, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    RSportsguy saidI wonder what one of Reynolds clients wife feels about his comments. I am sure that Carrie Underwood ( Nashville Predator Mike Fisher's wife) has plenty of gay fans that buy her albums and download her songs. Just saying! icon_wink.gif


    LOL...I'm sure Mike Fisher has more than a few gay fans himself. ;)
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    May 12, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    TrentGrad said...especially for the TV idiot from Sportsnet...


    And speaking of that TV idiot from Sportsnet...

    [url]http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=ApGiClTem1MjMforbrUAyZZ7vLYF?slug=ap-avery-broadcasterfired[/url]

    YAHOO SPORTSA Toronto broadcaster has been fired after he posted on Twitter about the debate surrounding New York Rangers forward Sean Avery’s support of same-sex marriage.

    Damian Goddard was a host on Rogers Sportsnet. On Tuesday, he tweeted his support for hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who used Twitter to voice his opposition to Avery’s position.

    Goddard wrote: “I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage.”

    The TV network then issued its own tweet, saying: “Today’s tweet from Damian Goddard does not reflect the views of Rogers Sportsnet.” On Wednesday, it severed ties with Goddard.

    In a statement, Sportsnet spokesman Dave Rashford said: “Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization.”


    buh-bye! (for now...)