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May 09, 2011

Sean Avery gets criticized, for, uh, not being a jerk.: An agency representing several NHL players has publicly called out New York Rangers forward Sean Avery for supporting same-sex marriage.

"Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender 'marriage,'" wrote Uptown's Todd Reynolds in the tweet. "Legal or not, it will always be wrong."

posted by fabulon7 to hockey at 08:39 PM - 21 comments

"I'm Sean Avery, and I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality. I treat everyone the way I expect to be treated, and that applies to marriage. Committed couples should be able to marry the person they love. Join me in supporting marriage equality."

That loud booming sound you just heard was my head asploding. Maybe he should quit playing hockey and run for office in NY.

posted by NoMich at 08:53 PM on May 09

The article only clears up at the end the important point I needed to know: the agency does NOT speak for the players it represents.

posted by grum@work at 08:54 PM on May 09

I hate when people act like discriminating against gays is just a viewpoint.

posted by bperk at 09:03 PM on May 09

Hey man, I don't hate teh gheys, I just don't want them having the same access to the law as I do. They're just soooo icky!

posted by NoMich at 09:49 PM on May 09

Avery on the ice versus Avery the human being. Just goes to show, you really can't tell about anyone.

posted by kokaku at 10:32 PM on May 09

The article only clears up at the end the important point I needed to know: the agency does NOT speak for the players it represents.

Yea, because I'd want to be represented by somebody who publicly calls me misguided and wrong.

posted by jmd82 at 11:13 PM on May 09

I think this agent is seriously misreading the public on the issue. A majority of the American public now supports gay marriage rights, and it's a particularly strong majority of people under 30. The collective freakout over the idea is subsiding pretty quickly.

His players will undoubtedly be asked whether they agree with him. I wonder how well they'll take being dragged into a hot-button social issue by the guy who's supposed to have their best financial and professional interests at heart.

posted by rcade at 12:03 AM on May 10

but I believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman

So, it's OK for an idiot like Britney Spears to marry her friend for a couple days on a goof, as long as that friend isn't also female? Or the Dennis Rodman/Carmen Electra fiasco? But when it comes to my cousin, who's been in a committed relationship for 10 years wants to marry his boyfriend, it goes against the "sanctity of marriage"? Somebody 'splain that to me...

posted by MeatSaber at 12:55 AM on May 10

See post #4 in this thread. No matter what words anti-gay marriage folks say/print, this is actually what they mean.

posted by NoMich at 07:07 AM on May 10

Now I have to like Sean Avery after being such a pest on the ice? Goddammit.

posted by BigVACub at 08:32 AM on May 10

I wonder how well they'll take being dragged into a hot-button social issue by the guy who's supposed to have their best financial and professional interests at heart.

I wonder how they feel about having their careers managed by a guy this bright.

posted by yerfatma at 08:47 AM on May 10

I wonder how they feel about having their careers managed by a guy this bright.

I knew a guy from HS who I defriended a while back because of his infuriating, bigoted Facebook wall posts. But the thing is he's bloody brilliant. He can argue miles around people and if flat out smart. I find this isn't exactly rare- I knew a lot of intellectually smart people growing up can hold values we might strongly disagree with, but that doesn't mean they're not bright.

posted by jmd82 at 09:00 AM on May 10

Hey Todd, put on some skates so Sean can beat your brains out! That is, if you have brains ...

posted by jjzucal at 10:18 AM on May 10

I think the expressing of an opinion is alright as long as it is done in a tasteful manner, but to directly call someone out by calling them 'misguided' is insulting. That is why people are blowing up against this guy and he deserves it.

posted by pettym at 11:22 AM on May 10

I knew a guy from HS who I defriended a while back because of his infuriating, bigoted Facebook wall posts.

we all went to school with that guy and unfriended him. I also unfriended my aunt for the same reason. Blood shmood.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:49 AM on May 10

I think the expressing of an opinion is alright as long as it is done in a tasteful manner

I didn't think the expression of the opinion was particularly harsh. It was the opinion itself.

You can make the language as polite as possible, it's still bigoted.

posted by cjets at 11:53 AM on May 10

I think the expressing of an opinion is alright as long as it is done in a tasteful manner

I don't know about that. People can say it is just their opinion if they want, but I think advocating discrimination against people is just wrong and genuinely harmful.

posted by bperk at 11:55 AM on May 10

Since when does a sports agent get off on a moral high horse? I don't know about anyone else, but if I was one of his clients, I'd be testing the waters for a new agent as soon as contractually possible. This has nothing to do with his job. In fact, most of us in the public sector would lose our jobs for comments like that.

posted by Tinman at 12:15 PM on May 10

But he is still a douchbag right?

posted by Debo270 at 12:39 PM on May 10

But he is still a douchbag right?

I prefer douchecanoe, it is a bigger word and I think a more fitting definition

posted by Demophon at 01:57 PM on May 10

I hated the bastard but respected him because he'd find a way to get under the skin yet could contribute offensively. Guess he's no longer a bastard.

I would think Avery's clear -- fire the schmuck, then sue for defamation. It's obvious this agent was attempting to embarrass him.

posted by jjzucal at 11:41 AM on May 11

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