In what may possibly be the fastest career-limiting move ever seen in the NHL, hockey agent Todd Reynolds responded to Sean Avery’s video supporting gay marriage by deciding to blast him on Twitter.
“Very sad to read Sean Avery’s misguided support of same-gender ‘marriage’. Legal or not, it will always be wrong,” wrote Reynolds on his UptownHockey Twitter account yesterday.
Not content to leave it there, he chose to attempt to defend his remarks, apparently in response to the firestorm of negative response he received:
Now, of course, I agree that everyone’s entitled to their personal opinion, bigoted and misinformed though it may be. However, I always find it baffling that people don’t think to pause before expressing said personal opinions via social media, particularly through their professional accounts.
Reynolds is Vice-President of Uptown Sports Management, and represents high-profile hockey players like Mike Fisher and Chris Neil. The business of sports agency has exactly nothing to do with the legality or acceptability of gay marriage. By expressing his bound-to-be-controversial opinion via his professional account, he has given his (high profile, multimillion-dollar) clients a reason to be uncomfortable with not only his opinions (should they differ), but also his professionalism as an agent.
In a subsequent interview, Reynolds even as much as dared his client Mike Fisher, the well-liked center for the Nashville Predators, to disagree with him publicly. Fisher, the handsome star player who is well known for having a heart of solid gold, would likely be extremely uncomfortable entering a public war of words with his own agent. Fisher is also married to Nashville darling Carrie Underwood who, being in the music industry, is unlikely to want the taint of anti-gay sentiment anywhere near her.
Reynolds should probably learn to keep his tweets to himself. It’s better for business.
Perhaps the most surprising thing of this whole brouhaha? Is the fact that Sean Avery, well known for his own past objectionable comments, is now the one on the high road. Strange times, indeed.
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