Wednesday Morning Man: Brad Marchand!
I’m just mad about this guy.
He’s National Hockey League pro Brad Marchant who last year stepped up as a staunch LGBTI ally.
The league, of course, has never had an openly gay player but the high-profile member of the Boston Bruins has made clear it will not be a problem.
‘Guys would accept that, no question,’ the left winger told ESPN.
‘We’re a team in the [dressing] room and a family. It doesn’t matter what different beliefs guys have, or where they come from, or whatever the case may be. Guys would accept it. Again, in the room we’re a family. That’s the way it is on a hockey team, and that’s the way it will always be.
‘It’s bound to happen at some point, and when it does, it will be accepted.’
Marchand, 29, stood up against an anti-gay slur on Twitter last year by writing: ‘This derogatory statement is offensive to so many people around the world, [you’re] the kind of kid parents are ashamed of.’
Marchand said if his reaction to the slur: ‘I want to stand up for what I believe in, and I don’t think it’s right when people say things or bash people because of their sexual orientation. I have friends who are in gay relationships, and I don’t think it’s right for people to be against that.
‘Everyone is allowed to find love whatever way that is, so I felt like that was a time to say something, especially nowadays. We’re in 2017, and things are a lot different than they were 100 years ago. We’re all evolving to be equal, and that’s the way things should be.’