New York Rangers forward Sean Avery, who recorded a video in support of marriage equality, was criticized Monday by a Canadian sports management executive, who took to Twitter with a series of posts knocking gay marriage.
Todd Reynolds, vice-president of Uptown Uptown Sports Management, which represents a handful of NHL players, tweeted that it was “very sad to read Sean Avery’s misguided support of same-gender ‘marriage’. Legal or not, it will always be wrong.” Later in the day, his father compared gay marriage to bestiality.
As criticism began to come in, Reynolds attempted to clarify what he was saying by tweeting that his opinion “is not intolerance in any way shape or form.”
“I’m a little disappointed in some of the response,” Reynolds said, speaking to TSN Radio:
“If you oppose a viewpoint, you’re immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms. That’s obviously not the case for people who know me… I don’t hate anyone, and I’m certainly not a bigot, but I believe in marriage between one man and one woman.
Company founder Don Reynolds, and Todd’s father, told the National Post on Monday evening, “The majority, I think, of Canadians would say that they don’t agree with gay marriage -– that man and woman were created to be married, not man and man or man and horse, you know?”