09 May 2011
(Editor’s Note: I try not to engage myself in political topics on Islanders Hockey Blog; however this is one of those times that my writing takes a political turn. The following opinions are my own and do not represent any other writer at IHB other than myself.)
I never thought I’d see that day that hockey fans would not only applaud something Sean Avery did or stood for, but that someone else in hockey could draw the scorn that Avery draws. Well today Todd Reynolds did just that after going on twitter to voice his displeasure with Sean Avery’s decision to support gay marriage.
Todd Reynolds is a player agent and vice president of Uptown Sports management, which is a player agency that represents 11 NHL players.
After making the twitter comments Reynolds went on TSN Radio to try to clarify and defend his position on the issue of gay marriage. (The following quotes were transcribed by Puck Daddy’s by Greg Wyshynski )
Now, let me start off by saying I am on the opposite side of Mr. Reynolds opinion, completely. Of course everyone has their own opinion on same sex marriage depending on your religious beliefs and your background and that of course if perfectly acceptable.
To me some of his arguments seem prehistoric and out of touch with the times, especially when he suggested calling same sex marriage by a different title. I believe that anyone, whether they be man and man, women and women, or man and women, should be allowed to be married if they love each other. It’s hard for me to understand how someone could fight for the sanctity of marriage when divorces are easier to get than a cheeseburgers at McDonald’s and an individual can get married 9 or 10 times. But of course that is just my opinion.
I also applauded when Sean Avery came out in support of legalizing gay marriage in New York, something I never thought I’d do. Applaud Sean Avery for anything that is.
This has without a doubt hurt Todd Reynolds in the court of public opinion, at least in some circles, and has hurt the company name, since Reynolds used the company twitter to voice his opinion. This will be something that stays in the hockey headlines for the next couple of days.
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