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Major Hockey Agency Condemns NY Ranger Sean Avery for Support of Same-Sex Marriage



Uptown Sports Management, an Ontario, Canada-based agency which represents a number of NHL players including Andrew Brunette, Cody McCormick, Chris Neil, Mike Fisher and Carlo Colaiacovo, attacked New York Ranger forward Sean Avery for getting involved with the campaign for marriage equality in New York.

Avery Avery recorded a video for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality which we posted over the weekend. You can watch it again, AFTER THE JUMP...

Wrote the agency in a tweet: "Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender 'marriage'. Legal or not, it will always be wrong." The tweet was followed up by two more denying anti-gay bigotry, and saying, "This is my personal viewpoint. I Do not hate anyone."

According to CBS, Todd Reynolds, the firm's Vice President and son of the owner, is in charge of the agency's Twitter feed.


Todd.reynolds Reynolds spoke with ever join Cybulski & Company on TSN Radio 1050 and gave this statement:

"There's certainly a voice for the other side on this particular issue. I was merely responding to be the other voice. I believe in standing up for what you believe in. I'm passionate about what I believe in. And I believe in morality and I believe in right and wrong. I know many people with different view points for what is right and wrong.

"But I'm a little disappointed in some of the response. If you oppose a viewpoint, you're immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms. That's obviously not the case for people who know me. … I don't hate anyone. And I'm certainly not a bigot. But I believe in marriage between one man and one woman. It's a social debate that's raged on for quite some time. In Canada and the U.S. it's a hot-button topic right now. I guess maybe it was how I was raised. I believe in voicing your opinion and not being part of the silent majority. "

Donald.reynolds Don Reynolds, the agency president and Todd's father, gave some more obscene quotes to the National Post, saying he stands by his son's tweet, and then comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality:

“It’s sad. I mean, my personal position is that I do not support gay marriage, and I think it’s wrong, as well. It’s not politically correct to, I guess, give your opinion about a thing like that. It’s politically correct on the other side, for people to say, ‘sure, I support gay marriage.’ But the majority, I think, of Canadians would say that they don’t agree with gay marriage – that man and woman were created to be married, not man and man or man and horse, you know?”

On the other hand, sports agents and hockey professionals are also coming out in support of Avery. Outsports has posted a few responses.

Paul Bissonnette, an NHL player for the Phoenix Coyotes, has chimed in as well.

Bissonnette has created a petition demanding Uptown Sports apologize.

(via buffalo74)

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  1. You know, it's a pretty good rule of thumb that if you have to "clarify" that you're not a bigot, you are one.

    Posted by: Glenn | May 9, 2011 7:56:16 PM

  2. Ugh, can someone please tell the "sanctity of marriage" camp that the whole idea of marriage being sacred is a complete and total joke? Sure, it would be ideal if people held themselves to their commitments, honored their spouses, stayed with each other till death, but we all know that seldomly ever happens.

    Conservatives act as if all straight couples treat marriage with the utmost respect or something. Have they watched reality TV lately? Have they taken a look around them and seen what the divorce rate is?

    Bottom line: find a new argument. Please. If for no other reason than to keep this debate interesting.

    Posted by: Austin | May 9, 2011 7:57:42 PM

  3. "It will always be wrong." Purely a value judgment and not an "argument" at all.

    Posted by: Soren456 | May 9, 2011 8:01:15 PM

  4. Wow, he sounds like a real backpedaling idiot who should be sterilized before he passes along his traits.

    To clarify, this is not hatred or bigotry toward idiots. It is not intolerance in any form.

    I just think idiots should have their rights of free speech taken away. This is my personal viewpoint. I do not hate anyone

    Posted by: chris | May 9, 2011 8:03:01 PM

  5. I believe we're all equal but some people are more equal than others?

    How do people like this get jobs?

    Posted by: Randy | May 9, 2011 8:05:05 PM

  6. If that is just his personal viewpoint, then why does he find it sad that someone else has a different viewpoint? Is he suggesting that pro hockey should speak with one voice against homosexuality?

    Posted by: Phil | May 9, 2011 8:05:22 PM

  7. This is even more ridiculous because same sex marriage is legal in Canada, has been for a few years now.

    Posted by: Kathlene | May 9, 2011 8:06:54 PM

  8. Oh, I totally missed the line about the guy who likely wrote it being the son of the Agency's owner. THAT explains how people like this get jobs.

    Posted by: Randy | May 9, 2011 8:11:02 PM

  9. @Randy,

    They get jobs because daddy owns the company.


    Maybe the gentleman had just come back from a liquid lunch when he made the initial tweet.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 9, 2011 8:11:32 PM

  10. Tell the "sanctity of marriage" people to try and get a divorice via a priest, minister or rabbi.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 9, 2011 8:11:40 PM

  11. "All animals are equal"


    "But some animals are more equal than others"

    Posted by: Luminum | May 9, 2011 8:11:49 PM

  12. Are people surprised by homophobic statements in professional sports? The only thing that surprises me is when men like Sean Avery break that stereotype.

    I assume most professional athletes are homophobic until they prove otherwise.

    Posted by: BosGuy | May 9, 2011 8:14:04 PM

  13. Regarding, "You know, it's a pretty good rule of thumb that if you have to "clarify" that you're not a bigot, you are one," don't forget the Twitter exception: you can't say much in 140 characters or less, so any statement with a few caveats is going to need some clarification.

    What I think he really wanted to clarify was that it was his personal opinion, not the official opinion of his company. If it were the company's position, they could find themselves losing clients who wouldn't want to be associated with such nonsense.

    Posted by: Bill | May 9, 2011 8:32:40 PM

  14. @ Glenn - HEAR! HEAR!

    If you let someone run the Twitter for your company, then you should accept any fallout for things they say on Twitter. I hold the Hockey Agency responsible and I think Todd Rynolds should Tweet from his own account and not hide behind that agency.


    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 9, 2011 8:32:50 PM

  15. Could one of the 'traditional marriage' types explain to me what's 'sacred' about allowing adulterers to re-marry?

    Please? I'm really curious here.

    Posted by: jexer | May 9, 2011 8:34:03 PM

  16. Actually, pro athletes tend to be less homophobic overall in comparison to their agents, fans, and associates. Since athletes don't have *as much* to prove to themselves and others, because they generally go to college and have at least some form of an education, and because they travel a lot so they have more of a sense of the world and at least a little more sense of diversity.

    Anyway, back to the story at hand, this dude first of all, has just ruined his dad's business image. I'm sure his dad is a bigot too, but for him to go out of his way to do this makes him and the business look like bigots. Serious PR disaster. What Avery did wasn't to do anything but stand up for what he believes in, and attacking him in the way Mr. Reynolds has done here is wrong on all levels.

    Secondly, going out of your way to justify yourself shows that you clearly do realize that your actions are going to be considered wrong by most. If Todd Reynolds says his beliefs are his own personal views, why attack others who think differently? And then go out of your way to try to deflect any criticism he's getting? If he thinks everyone is deserving of equality, why does he think it's wrong if same-sex couples marry and why does he think that it would hurt the integrity of marriage? He's a hypocrite!

    At the end of the day, people like Todd Reynolds simply don't view gay people as equals so therefore they don't see it as inequality to deny gay folk equality. Well, we see that is an increasingly untenable position to hold in society today. Guy is just going to have to take his lumps instead of making excuses.

    Posted by: Francis | May 9, 2011 8:38:58 PM

  17. Regarding, "If you let someone run the Twitter for your company, then you should accept any fallout for things they say on Twitter," what companies normally do is to have policies on what sort of things gets posted on the company's twitter account, and that normally excludes anything not business related and not in accordance with the company's official positions.

    There is a standard technique for handling any serious fallout: "Our policies/positions are such and such, Mr. SoAndSo is no longer with the company, and (if asked) we do not comment on personnel changes."

    Posted by: Bill | May 9, 2011 8:47:12 PM

  18. The only argument anyone needs to prove that marriage is not sacred (sanctity) is the fact that atheist are allowed to marry. If they really cared about the "sanctity" of marriage they would be trying to stop atheist from marrying also.

    Posted by: Craig | May 9, 2011 8:59:32 PM

  19. To clarify. Same-sex marriages have been occurring in Canada for a decade.

    This tweeting twit has unknowingly unleashed the wrath of hockey nation upon his agency's head.

    Posted by: Dickster | May 9, 2011 8:59:46 PM

  20. Reynolds went on the radio to further add insult to injury:

    Posted by: Joseph | May 9, 2011 9:01:16 PM

  21. The NHL has actually been pretty great in terms of standing up against homophobia recently. Ever since Branden Burke came out, his father and his team have been vocally pro-equality. His father and brother, both involved in the NHL, marched in the Toronto Pride parade. And the NHL allowed the Stanley Cup to be part of the Chicago Pride parade. Sean Avery has always been a friend to us.

    Posted by: Jon B | May 9, 2011 9:15:40 PM


    Posted by: deedrdo | May 9, 2011 9:18:14 PM

  23. The agency isn't all that major--not one of the players you read about at deadline time, anyway. Nor are any of its clients on the list at the start of the story really A-list players. According to the NHLPA, there are more than 150 accredited agents for hockey players to choose from. Every year, The Hockey News puts out an annual list of the 100 most influential people in hockey. The highest agent on that list this year (at no. 44) was Pat Brisson of CAA (whose clients include Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, Eric Johnson, and, in the past, Mats Sundin, Jaromir Jagr, and Sergei Fedorov). Don Meehan (of Newport Sports) was 55, and Allan Walsh (of Octagon) was 95. They were the only three agents to make the list.

    Posted by: Michael | May 9, 2011 9:23:18 PM

  24. here's daddy's email address (i didn't bother writing to the pinhead son)

    i blistered a few electrons, in a very dignified manner, and even clarified that a non apology apology would only make matters worse. i also suggested he might want to rethink who he lets handle the twitter account that represents his company to the WHOLE EFFING WORLD, and what is to be said in the company's name.

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 9, 2011 9:25:34 PM

  25. @DICKSTER,
    'On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act which provided a gender-neutral marriage definition. Court decisions, starting in 2003, each already legalized same-sex marriage in eight out of ten provinces and one of three territories, whose residents comprised about 90% of Canada's population. '

    Same-sex [gay] marriage in Canada came about [aboot] through court rulings. A majority Liberal government made it law. Canadian people didn't vote for it. Obviously, many Canadians disapprove of it.

    And it's been legal in Canada since June, 2005, 6 years.


    'Same-sex marriage in the U.S. state of Massachusetts began on May 17, 2004, as a result of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts constitution to allow only heterosexual couples to marry. Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world (after the Netherlands, Belgium, Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec) to legalize same-sex marriage.'

    Same sex marriage became law in Massachusetts one year before the whole of Canada [but after B.C., Ontario and Quebec.]

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 9, 2011 9:27:30 PM

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