Tell the National Hockey League to Take Responsibility for the Anti-Gay Actions of Wayne Simmonds
  • Petitioned Julie Young

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Julie Young
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John Dellapina
National Hockey League
Frank Brown
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Gary Meagher
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Jamey Horan
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David Keon
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Jennifer Raimondi
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Mary Kay Wright
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Gary Bettman

Tell the National Hockey League to Take Responsibility for the Anti-Gay Actions of Wayne Simmonds

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The National Hockey League is refusing to take action to discipline Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, who was shown on video clearly shouting an anti-gay slur during a pre-season game on Monday night.

The NHL released a statement late Tuesday saying:

"...we have for many years emphasized to our Clubs and Players that commentary directed at the race or ethnicity of other participants in the game (or even non-participants), or that is otherwise socially or morally inappropriate or potentially hurtful -- including as it may relate to sexual orientation -- is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

This is a good sentiment, if the NHL was willing to stand by it with regard to this incident. But so far, it is refusing to do so.

Like so many of the slurs that the NHL alludes to in its statement, hearing a player shout “f**got” during a game can perpetuate a climate of intolerance that pervades so many of our schools and universities today. The NHL had a chance to send a clear message to bullies and to lead by example, but instead the statement continues:

"...we have looked into the allegations relating to the possible use of a homophobic slur by a Flyers player in the Rangers/Flyers preseason game last night in Philadelphia. Since there are conflicting accounts of what transpired on the ice, we have been unable to substantiate with the necessary degree of certainty what was said and by whom. Specifically, Flyers Player Wayne Simmonds has expressly denied using the homophobic slur he is alleged to have said. Additionally, none of the on-ice officials close to the altercation in question heard any inappropriate slurs uttered by either of the primary antagonists. In light of this, we are unable at this time to take any disciplinary action with respect to last night’s events."

This is not, however, a matter of "he-said / he-said." There is clear video evidence of Simmonds using the slur in question. When representatives of other leagues made similar anti-gay comments, those leagues took action. The NBA responsibly fined both Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah earlier this year after both were caught on camera using this same slur during games. The MLB responsibly suspended Roger McDowell after he was accused of making anti-gay comments toward fans in San Francisco. Both leagues set important examples for local and school-level sports teams that the NHL should also follow.

The NHL statement concludes:

"To the extent we become aware of additional information conclusively establishing that an inappropriate slur was invoked, we are reserving the option to revisit the matter.”

Tell the NHL to look again at the video of Simmonds, which clearly shows him using an anti-gay slur. Tell the league to prove to ALL of its fans that they are welcome at games. Demand that the NHL stand by its statement that discriminatory slurs "will not be tolerated" - the way other leagues have.

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      • about 2 years ago

      Don't most players have a morality clause in their contract? He should be fined at the very least.

    • Karen Howard PORT ST LUCIE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      The Flyers always had a bad reputation. This looks like they’re continuing it. And for the NHL to condone it by not taking action is unsportsmanlike.

    • G. R. Gray STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Our Gov. marrying a lesbian undermines gay marriage rights.

      • over 2 years ago

      Being from New Jersey, I am a huge Flyers fan. Hockey is the only sport I watch and the Flyers are my team. No one should look at "their" team and not be proud of the actions of the players. As a part of the LGBT community, I'm very dissapointed in his public actions.

    • john phillip LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      God is the ultimate and sovereign judge for sin. Homosexuality is sin by His order; it is not decided by public opinion or deceived/false clergy.

      Changing societies do not dictate God's standards. Sin is defined by God for us in the Bible. It is the source for what God says is holy and righteous or sin and abomination.

      Hebrews 13:8 states that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever; he does not “go with the flow.”

      Sexual sins were rampant in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. (This is the origin of the word sodomy.) Despite warnings, they refused to repent. God destroyed those cities and it was recorded as a warning to all future generations. (Genesis 18:20-21, Genesis 19:4-5, 2 Peter 2:6) Some additional scriptures on homosexuality are found in:

      Leviticus 18:22

      Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

      Leviticus 20:13

      If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

      Romans 1:26-27

      For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

      And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

      The price paid for homosexuality and other fornications are told in:

      * 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

      * Jude 6-7

      * Romans 1:18

      In spite of the growing secular humanist trend to think "it's ok to be gay," it's not a righteous lifestyle. Most vocal Christians are not homophobic, but are trying to share Christ's love for homosexuals and trying to keep them from horrific judgment.

      Is homosexuality a sin? Is there hope for forgiveness?

      There absolutely is hope for homosexuals. God can cleanse and purify all persons from sin. As many scriptures as there are that address sin, there are more that speak of forgiveness and redemption. He is able to give deliverance to any who sincerely desire true freedom and salvation. Such is demonstrated in 1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV): "And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." This verse says “some of you were,” meaning they became past acts.

      We are offered the empowering Spirit of God to help us turn from our sins. Coming out of drug addiction, homosexuality, pornography, or other sin isn't always easy but God will provide the way. Christians are to "love" into the kingdom, those who desire repentance and to live by His natural plan.

      Jesus Christ died on the cross for all of our sins and rose again the third day. He desires that we repent and be forgiven of our sins by coming into a personal relationship with Him.


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