It began, as most things do these days, on Twitter.
When Sean Avery publicly gave his support toÂ HRCâ€™s New Yorkers For MarriageÂ Equality, it was seen by some as an important step toward gay acceptance in the hockey world. Avery was already an advocate for gay rights whenÂ he told the Toronto Sun that he would support a gay hockey player, but this was the first time a professional NHL player had put his face out there supporting such an important cause in the gay community. The professional pest was using his outspokenness as a force for good.
It was such a positive moment in the hockey world that it was almost inevitable that someone would ruin it.