Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Avery Deserves Credit


A big congratulations to Sean Avery for having the courage to defend same-sex marriage in a public series of ads in New York, being the first NHL athlete to do so in such a manner.
And a big thumbs down to Uptown Sports Management vice-president Todd Reynolds, whose clients include Mike Fisher and Chris Neil, for being a complete coward and attacking Avery and same-sex marriage through Twitter, of all platforms. When you think you can define an important moral issue and smear an athlete all in the space of 140 characters or less, there's likely nothing behind those words other than bluster and ignorance, or worse, hatred.
Any argument that proposes denying basic human rights to a certain segment of the population is a flawed argument, and will one day be considered only a historical curiosity, like the people who thought the world was flat or that women should not have the right to vote.
History will be kind to players like Sean Avery and others who stand up for basic human rights in an atmosphere that not only works in a social and political vacuum, but discourages individuality and controversy. It will not be so kind to Reynolds and others like him who see the world through a fear coloured lens.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Any argument that proposes denying basic human rights to a certain segment of the population is a flawed argument, and will one day be considered only a historical curiosity..."

Well put. And I hope so.

Anonymous said...

Excellent quick synopsis of the whole situation. Love your writing and commentary.

Im quite proud of Sean Avery and his forward and progressive thinking. Who thought he'd be one of the guys leading the charge on changing the stereotypes of professional athletes! Maybe the NHL's message and sensitivity training really helped.

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