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Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:21 am
 

By Brian Stubits

There are many sides to Brian Burke, the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager who makes as much news by himself as seemingly the other 29 GMs in the NHL make combined.

It's not always for him being a little ... odd in his behavior as a GM either. He is just as known for a cause that's very near and dear to his heart, the gay-rights movement. That was something he became involved with after his son Brendan came out as a homosexual man while a student at Miami University and working with the hockey team.

This weekend marks the two-year anniversary since Brendan died in a car crash in Indiana. It was a sad day not only for the Burkes and all who knew Brendan, but for hockey and the sports world too. Brendan was a pioneer and certainly courageous for standing up for the gay-rights movement in sports the way he did.

Today, his father continues to carry on the legacy of his son, if you will. He recently joined CBC's George Stromboulopoulos on his show and explained that he doesn't believe it will be as hard for a gay athlete to come out in the NHL as everybody thinks. He says he knows the Maple Leafs wouldn't have any problems.

I didn't imagine today that I would take parental advice from Brian Burke, but beyond the messages that he would welcome a gay player on his team and how he believes acceptance is greater than people believe, he really did present what I think to be a good message about parenting. He was in a situation when Brendan came out that he had no regrets about anything he had ever said.

H/t to Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey (excellent read)

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Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:37 pm
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

Tough tough topic. So many issues at hand. The catholic/Christian perspective. The liberal perspective. Also, a team mates perspective. These guys shower together daily. To know that one of your teammates may be attracted to you may feel weird or strange I would think. He is attracted to men. He is showering with 20 guys sometimes 2-3 times a day...morning skate and game night for example. I know that if I was showering w 20 mostly attractive women with athletic sexy builds I would be a very happy camper...



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

i dont care if he is gay if he is a good player that helps my team win



Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

And all they've been doing is winning cups for years.  But thats the point isn't it?  Its about the sports not the players personal lives.  I don't care about their personal lives I just watch them play a game on TV.  If people care that players are gay you have WAY to much free time on your hands.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:24 am
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

Not much of a stretch there, with his son already known to be gay. So he hasn't got much to lose by saying this; in for a penny, in for a pound. Maybe he's hoping Cherry will say something about it. BTW, anyone else think Donny "loves" the boys a little too much? That would help explain the Liberace outfits.



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:20 am
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

Awwwww, isn't that nice.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:11 am
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

I think it would be fitting if he played for the Flames!  I have nothing against gay persons, neither men nor women; 95% of gays are born gay, don't have any more choice than you have, ya big homo.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:53 am
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

Really???  This is a f-ing NHL headline?!?!



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:00 pm
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

FavoritePosted on: February 3, 2012 10:43 pmScore: 78 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

Who cares and shut the VUCK UP!  Gays should always stay in the closets!

people like you how preach hate has something special waiting for you some time in the near future.  Too bad someone that in no way effects your life or ever will you wish nothing but a life of misery for.  Karma dude and its headed your way


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:43 pm
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Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:35 pm
 

Burke discusses support for an openly gay player

Who cares. How is the gay agenda relevant to the NHL. You think the writer would know this isn't newsworthy. Next he will start writting articles about how sone gm endorses gay marriage.


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