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Edmonton Oiler Ryan Jones Has Had a Gay Teammate: VIDEO

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NHL forward Ryan Jones shows his support for LGBT athletes in a new promo for the You Can Play Project, which seeks to combat homophobia in sports.

There are currently no out hockey players in the NHL.

Said Jones: "I don't think it (one's sexual orientation) would change a thing in the locker room. We have guys from all over the world, of different races and sexuality (and it) would be no different. If a player can help the team and is a good person, who they choose as a partner is irrelevant. I participated in the You Can Play Project to honour a friend and member of 'the brotherhood', Brendan Burke, but most importantly because I believe in equality. You Can Play is doing ground breaking work in athletics. LGBT athletes are out there, and for a long time it was something that was pushed to the background. It's important for people to be able to live 'openly' no matter what their sexual orientation is and You Can Play is fighting for that."

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  1. ryan jones just rocked my world. well said, boyo.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Sep 11, 2012 11:42:45 AM


  2. Wonderful...simply wonderful. Great way to start my day!

    Posted by: Geoff M | Sep 11, 2012 11:53:56 AM


  3. Great !

    Was it Barry Goldwater said :
    "You don't have to be straight; you just have to shoot straight."

    The momentum is of progress not entrenchment.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 11, 2012 12:04:58 PM


  4. His gay teammate would appear to be Brendan Burke, Ryan's good friend from his 2004-2008 stint playing hockey at Miami University (in Ohio).
    There are certainly players on various teams of the NHL who are afraid to come out, and other straight players who stay silent while looking around for an example of how to be supportive. Ryan Jones' simple statement goes a long way to making things better.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 11, 2012 12:20:56 PM


  5. Hat tip to the entire Washington Capital's organization (among other DC sports programs) that also support the You Can Play Project!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/matt-hendricks-of-the-capitals-supports-you-can-play-equality-movement/2012/09/10/6c4d9b50-fb85-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_story.html

    Posted by: AERES | Sep 11, 2012 12:44:24 PM


  6. Men like this have a great impact in straight culture- specially coming from such a butch sport like hockey.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 11, 2012 5:24:31 PM


  7. Another smart man who is confident with his own sexuality.
    We really are making great strides in gay rights in the last 4 years. Hopefully 4 more years of Obama will continue the trend.

    VOTE OBAMA !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 11, 2012 5:26:43 PM


  8. I think you may have adjusted his quote incorrectly. I don't think he was saying he's had gay teammates, he's saying that he's played with guys of different races, and if he were to play with a guy with a different sexual orientation, it would be a similar situation (to playing alongside one of a different race) and he would accept it in the same way.

    Posted by: Matt N | Sep 11, 2012 8:18:30 PM


  9. matt - with respect to the typed out quote - youre right. but watch the video, pls.

    Posted by: bryce | Sep 11, 2012 8:50:38 PM


  10. Yep, Ryan clearly says: "I have had a gay team mate before".

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 11, 2012 10:52:35 PM


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