Sean Avery: Avery's PSA Inspires Charles Barkley to Echo Pro Gay-Marriage Stance
Sean Avery Pro Gay-Marriage Talk Remains a Hot Topic in Sports
One of the biggest trash-talkers in the NHL, Sean Avery, recently took a very bold stance in support of same-sex marriage and filmed a public service announcement to make his statement. After getting wind of Avery's take on the subject, some people in the sporting world including Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher, sports agent Todd Reynolds and TV host Damian Goddard spoke up against him.
Goddard has reportedly been fired by his employer Rogers Sportsnet for voicing his opposition against Avery via Twitter.
While discussion continues to take place even days after Avery's announcement, another easily recognized loud-mouth, Charles Barkley has spoken in support of the agitating NHL winger.
whether he can play or not. If somebody is gay, that's their own business. But it bothers me how people try to say that jocks are not going to like a gay. ... I think gay people should be allowed to get married and God bless them, that's their own business. Listen, if a guy can't play that's the only time we don't want to play with him. We don't care about all that extracurricular stuff.
Although Avery took a stance on gay-marriage, Barkley takes this talk to another level. The TNT NBA analyst makes the claim that other athletes won't care if they're playing with or against an openly gay teammate or opponent.
But as open-minded as his stance has been in the interview, Barkley is giving athletes way too much credit.
If the sporting world cannot even agree on whether or not gay-marriage should be allowed, the idea of dealing with openly gay athletes would certainly become another controversial topic.
Tim Hardaway once made some very shocking remarks against homosexuals when he heard that former NBA player John Amaechi came out of the closet. There are other guys in sports that may probably take a similar stance.
Although tolerance would be the ideal response, it just doesn't seem that realistic. But that doesn't mean it's impossible. A lot of work will need done.
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