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Bad Idea Dept.: NHL player agent attacks gay marriage via Twitter

May 9, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT


Jeremy Roenick is seething at this hour, quite upset that he’s no longer the king of Foot-N-Mouth Land. The throne passes to big-time hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who inexplicably had somewhat of a Twitter fit on Monday night on gay marriage. In fact, in the space of two hours, Reynolds broke just about every rule in the book among those who represent pro athletes for a living. Here are the tweets:

Uptown Sports
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Very sad to read Sean Avery’s misguided support of same-gender “marriage”. Legal or not, it will always be wrong. 3 hours ago
uptownhockey Uptown Sports
But I believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. This is my personal viewpoint. I Do not hate anyone.
1 hour ago
Uptown Sports
uptownhockey Uptown Sports
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…
1 hour ago

To which the only reply can be: You’ve had enough, sir. Let me call you a cab.

Reynolds is the son of Don Reynolds, founder of Uptown Sports Management, which represents such players as Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators, Jonathan Bernier of the LA Kings, Andrew Brunette of the Minnesota Wild and Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators. The tweets are in response to Rangers forward Sean Avery, who on Friday came out in support of New York’s same-sex marriage initiative.

As refreshing as it is to see a pro athlete go on the record in support of gay rights, it’s equally distressing to see someone who represents players try and undermine that. Or to put it another way, they’ve already reserved an entire wing in the Bad Idea Museum for this one.

Today Reynolds appeared on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto to try to explain himself:

“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 responses.

“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.”

You can listen to the interview here.

H/T Cameron Frye.

In Rarity, a Player Speaks Out for Gay Rights [The New York Times]

  1. lonesomeroads - May 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Sex is designed to be between a man and a woman as is marriage. Homosexuality is aberrant behavior. Homosexual marriage is an oymoron. Period!

    • cur68 - May 9, 2011 at 9:45 PM

      Edit fail there lonesomeroads; looks like you’re the ‘oymoron’.

    • bigotssuck - May 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      My response is: If homosexual behavior is so “aberrant” then why is it seen so much in nature??? Get educated and learn the laws of nature. Stop being a uneducated bigot. You can start here.

  2. glr54 - May 9, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Maybe you media types should let it go. He has the right and the freedom to express his thoughts. I’m getting so sick and tired of hearing all this. I don’t think gay marriage is right either. I’ve about had it with trying to be forced in to thinking it is. All because Bill Clinton needed a few more votes.

    • bigotssuck - May 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      hmmm sounds like the same argument made about interracial marriage years ago. It doesn’t matter if you believe in it. It’s about equality dude!

  3. cur68 - May 9, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Yeah, he’s got his right to express himself. And he sure used it, didn’t he? So, since he has the right to express his narrow minded, red necked opinion then I have the right express my liberal one; marry who the hell you please providing the both of you are old enough and consent to the marriage. After that its none of my or any one else’s business. And that is my opinion.

    • glr54 - May 9, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      Narrow minded?? Just like someone that resorts to name calling. I agree, let them do what they want, but don’t try to force me into thinking it’s ok.

  4. dirkjoe - May 10, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    I hope none of his children are gay.

  5. dirkjoe - May 10, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    People have the right to believe what they want. The problem is when their beliefs and actions infringe on the personal decisions and legal treatment of other persons. Just because you do not agree with same-sex marriage, does not allow you to make decisions for other people. Get a grip or move to a country controlled by religion, i.e. Iran or the Vatican.

  6. Rob Verkest - May 10, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    “I believe we are all equal…”
    .. but I guess some of us are more equal than others?

  7. lewp - May 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    So there are two different opinions. Why is this earth shattering?

    • glr54 - May 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      Maybe because the media and some people don’t respect opinions that differ from their own or aren’t “politically correct”. They can voice their outrage at some one expressing their thoughts, but can’t accept that not everyone agrees with them.

      • cur68 - May 10, 2011 at 7:08 PM

        WTF are you talking about glr54? This isn’t about if he’s right or wrong in his opinions. This guy put his opinion out there about something that has nothing to do with him personally. But he’s not just any one. He’s a player agent. This means something to the players he reps.

        What’s so earth shattering is that someone who should be more media savvy isn’t. As a player agent this dude should have some sense of what is appropriate to say and what isn’t given the job he’s in. He is a representative of public figures and his opinions may easily be seen as representative of whom he fronts for whether they like it or not. To do what he’s done is so naive it boggles the mind.