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by The Upper Canadien on 05/09/11 at 09:59 PM ET
Following on my earlier post regarding Uptown Hockey and the controversy surrounding their remarks regarding gay marriage, two important updates:
1) Todd Reynolds, Vice President of Uptown, took to the airwaves to defend his firm’s decision to post these remarks at 6:45 this evening. That interview, which is well worth the listen, is available here:
Kudos to James Cybulski and Bruce Arthur for a very good interview.
2) Don Reynolds, Todd’s father and president of the company, did an interview shortly thereafter with the National Post. That can be found here:
In the interview, Don Reynolds appears to equate gay marriage and beastiality. Controversial at best, offensive to many at worst. Something tells me Uptown Hockey may need a consulting firms services soon. This is why public relations experts exist, by the way.
We also learned that up until a week ago, Kyle Dubas, the newly minted GM of the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, was in charge of Uptown’s Twitter account. What does this teach anyone with a business? Make sure that the person managing your Twitter account has common sense and understands the medium. Common sense being the big one here.
Uptown has created a firestorm. And no matter how they try to paint it, it’s not a good one. It’s not good for them, and it’s even worse for hockey generally. This kind of intolerance is the last thing professional sports leagues want to be addressing publicly.
After observing all of this from afar, and writing on it, I feel like I’ve warped back to the 1980’s. Hearing the vice president of a certified NHL agency defend his remarks by suggesting people felt the way he does 20 years ago and were free to express it, so why isn’t he, didn’t help.
A strange Monday for hockey. Not the way I expected it to play out. And with that, I’m off to watch the Canucks game. Comments, as always, are welcome.
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