Andrew Brunette Fires Uptown Sports Agent Over Sean Avery-Gay Marriage Incident

A day after Sean Avery told the New York Post that he wants the NHL to be more progressive when it comes to social issues, including gay marriage, and a little under two months since he was called out by an NHL player agent for his stance on that very issue, the story is in the news yet again.

Andrew Brunette of the Minnesota Wild has dropped that player agent, citing the controversial comments as the reason why.

You'll recall the situation from early May, in which that agent, Todd Reynolds of Uptown Sports Management, said he was sad to hear of Avery's support for same-sex marriage, saying that "legal or not, it will always be wrong."

Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender "marriage". Legal or not, it will always be wrong. via web

 

The comments created a firestorm around the issue in the sport, and many of the opinions were quite simple: You can have your own beliefs, but as the head of an agency that represents players, comments like that on an official company Twitter account become ascribed to all who are represented by that agency.

Apparently, just days before he's set to hit unrestricted free agency, Brunette has decided that he doesn't want that group representing him anymore, and it all goes back to these comments. What does SB Nation's Hockey Wilderness think of Brunette's decision?

Today, (according to RussoAndrew Brunette fired Uptown hockey, citing the Sean Avery mess as the reason. We won't go into the whole sordid tale again, but we will say this. Good on ya, Bruno. I personally did not think it was possible to respect Andrew Brunette anymore than I already did, but this move makes it clear I was wrong. A bold move by a good man. 

It's a bold move for sure, even bolder since it's two days before he's going to be a free agent. He's hired agent Don Baizley to replace Uptown Sports. 

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