There are circumstances in sports in which you find yourself doing something you said you would never do. Maybe you’re a Red Sox fan rooting for the Yankees to beat the Rays. Or maybe you’re me, defending Sean Avery.
A couple of nights ago Philadelphia Flyer Wayne Simmonds got into a heated exchange with Avery on the ice and called him - ok, allegedly called him - a fucking faggot…
Sean Avery has always been a shit disturber. I saw him play frequently with the Owen Sound Platers and even then he was a hot head. But despite Avery’s reputation, I’m on his side on this one.
Homophobic slurs all too prevalent in hockey and in society. For whatever reason ( ** cough ** organized religion ** cough **), homophobia still remains acceptable, or at least goes unpunished all too often.
Changing the attitude in a male dominated game such as hockey could have positive affects on society. I like Michele Catalano’s idea of fining Simmonds and donating the money to It Gets Better or a similar organization.