Hockey Agent Blasts Sean Avery For Supporting Gay Marriage

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:

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….

But I believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. This is my personal viewpoint. I Do not hate anyone.”

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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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Seems Avery's career is going up and Reynold's going down, dowm, down... What goes around, comes around, Reynolds!

Jane R.
Jane R6 years ago

Sorry, I meant to say "it was never meant to be for SAME sex people. God didn't create man & man to be together, or woman and woman to be together. He created a man and a woman. That says it all.

Jane R.
Jane R6 years ago

I'm for legal marriage between a man and a woman ONLY. I don't bedruge gays or lesbians for living together though. However marriage is not for the same sex. It was never meant to be for opposite sexes.

Toni S.
Pirana X6 years ago

Good for Sean Avery!

michael m.
Mike m6 years ago

Maybe Avery is growing up. Reynolds clearly hasn't.

Adam G.
Adam G6 years ago

Very sad to read Todd Reynolds' bigoted lack of support of same-gender marriage. Legal or not, bigotry will always be wrong.

Lynne B.
Lynne B6 years ago

Reynolds comes out with the same old garbage to defend his homophobic attitude. If he believed that everybody was equal, then he'd see that denying a gay person the right to marry is anything but equal. Stop lying, Reynolds. Everybody can see what you are.

Suzen R.
Suzen R6 years ago

Reynolds should loose his job. Bigotry has no place in this world anymore.

Tamara Huggins
Tamara Huggins6 years ago

I don't like Sean Avery. And, aside frommy unlike for him, I don't agree with his opinion and side with Todd Reynolds.

Felicia D.
Felicia D.6 years ago

I support marriage between consenting adults regardless of sexual orientation. If a religion does not want to make such a union official there is no reason for that religion to do so. Civil rights must be the same for ALL people otherwise it's just not civil rights anymore. If you substitute gender or race for sexual orientation you see instantly how off the mark such discrimination is.

I can understand how a person can have strong opinions about things like this but it still does not give anyone the right to curtail anyone else's civil rights, including the right to pursue happiness.

As for this particular situation it seems pretty darn silly to me and a waste of everyone's time.