Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Justin May 10, 2011 0

On the ice, everyone can pretty much agree that Sean Avery is a giant pain in the ass. But, away from the rink, he’s consistently proven to be one of the most progressively minded, introspective and well informed athletes in all of professional sports. The latest example is this PSA he filmed in favor of marriage equality

It’s not surprising that he received some blowback to his support of same sex marriage, though it is a bit of shock to see who fired back and how the message was delivered.

This is a series of Tweets from the account of hockey agent Todd Reynolds.

Very sad to read Sean Avery’s misguided support of same-gender “marriage”. Legal or not, it will always be wrong.

That was followed two hours later by these addendums.

To clarify. This is not hatred or bigotry towards gays. It is not intolerance in any way shape or form. I believe we are all equal…

But I believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. This is my personal viewpoint. I Do not hate anyone.

First of all, it’s time to set one thing straight. Anytime you have to start a statement with, “To clarify, this is not hatred or bigotry…” that means the statement is both hateful and bigoted.

But, more to the point, what is this guy doing? He’s as entitled to his opinion as I am or you are, but there’s a time and a place. Do these beliefs reflect the feelings of his clients, which include Andrew Burnette and Dustin Jeffrey? Because, even if they don’t, everyone now thinks they do. And what about another Reynolds client, Mike Fisher? He’s married to Carrie Underwood, who was catapulted to fame on American Idol and is now one of the few country stars with actual crossover appeal. You don’t think her probably quite significant gay fan base might have a problem with this?

I’m sure there are as many players who agree with Reynolds and may be drawn to him as there are players who find his views anachronistic and backwards.  But, I’m sure everyone would agree that attacking another person through your firm’s twitter account because of their beliefs is not the way a professional should act.

Say what you want about Sean Avery, but when he delivers a cheap shot, he stands up and deals with the repercussions.  Will Todd Reynolds do the same? Based on the half assed apology/clarification that followed his initial post, I doubt it.


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