I made myself pretty clear on Twitter last night in regards to the biggoted and offensive tweets put out by Uptown Sports, an agency that represents players like the Buffalo Sabres' Cody McCormick, as well as Los Angeles Kings Kyle Clifford and Jonathan Bernier, among others.
I sent a strongly-worded e-mail to the main contact account of Uptown Sports and I don't expect to hear a personal response.
We would all be foolish if we anticipated each and every player represented by this agency to abandon ship because of their antequated and, quite frankly, uncalled for public stance on same-sex marriage. It would be nice to think that the players we support and cheer for share our beliefs and feel as outraged as we do about this lapse in judgment. However, that is more than likely not the case for our beloved NHLers. Paul Bissonette, Sean Avery, and Brent Sopel are more than likely in the minority on this one. The majority of Americans may support same-sex marriage, but I doubt the ratio is the same amongst male professional athletes. To be fair, I'm not sure if Sopel is pro-gay marriage, but his appearance with his family in 2010's Chicago Gay Pride Parade leads me to believe he is probably not strongly opposed to same-sex marriage rights.
I am not a gay-rights activist. The rights of one group should not supersede the rights of others. I believe in equality for everyone. Regardless of my personal opinion on many divisive topics, I believe first and foremost in equality, fairness, and the first amendment of the United States Constitution.
As I tweeted last night: Opinions are allowed, but bigotry and hatred should never be ignored or accepted.
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