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A gay referee pursues a place in the NHL and wonders if hockey will ever accept him
National Post / New York Times ^ | April 24, 2018 | Jason Buckland

Posted on 04/24/2018 2:33:21 AM PDT by Loyalist

This is a story about love and betrayal.

Andrea Barone was barely 18 months old when he first set out on the ice, his tiny legs shaking and pushing behind a chair along the cold surface. If, in Montreal, hockey is religion, then this was baptism by ritual, every morning practice, every unsteady drag of his skates drawing him closer to the game he was falling for.

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Barone is sure of two things about himself: He is a hockey man, and he is a gay man. In the sport he has devoted his life to, this has proved an untenable intersection.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: athletes; chat; hockey; homosexualagenda; nhl; referee
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Bet he’ll call two minutes for holding, highsticking and and five for butt-ending whenever he can.

But seriously folks....

NHL referees build their reputations on their competence in enforcing the rules and making the right calls without interfering unduly with the flow of the game.

They tend not be a showy lot, unlike this narcissist who’s all about being the first openly gay ref anywhere.

1 posted on 04/24/2018 2:33:21 AM PDT by Loyalist
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I am tired of the LGBTQIDIOTs. I’m not okay with any referee who thinks his sexual activities are of interest to viewers. A ref’s job is to call violations accurately, not to announce his personal life.


2 posted on 04/24/2018 2:41:55 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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Can he keep up? He’s not out there looking for a date. What difference does his sexual preference have to do with his job?


3 posted on 04/24/2018 2:48:30 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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What does this idiot want? More power so he can claim sexual discrimination if he gets caught fudge packing in the locker room?

This is what I call gay power gathering. First you identify yourself publicly as a protected homosexual, and then you start doing things which offend people generally , such as hockey fans,fellow referees and team owners, then you yell discrimination if you get fired or disciplined.Typical pattern.

Typical gay power gathering activity. Its simple really , the NHL should fire his ass now before he brings further misery on everyone.

No one cares what he does in his sexual life as long as he makes his ref calls professionally. Now he will have to be tolerated when he makes a call and throws a hissy fit.Many players will want to punch his lights out.This will likely happen now at some point, and game or season suspensions will be handed out.Imagine the millions that will cost the owners.

Fire this gay power gathering idiot , before he makes his run!!


4 posted on 04/24/2018 2:56:10 AM PDT by Candor7 ((Obama Fascism)http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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If you ask a hundred hockey fans....99-percent will tell you that they don’t care about any extra info on the referee crowd, other than they are qualified. They don’t care if the guy is married, a Republican, into distilling bourbon, lives in Montana, or has six daughters with ‘Wanda’ as the first name.

I can remember through the early 1970s...most baseball announcers never discussed even the names of umpires other than at the all-star games or World Series.

This idea that more personal info on their habits or lusty affairs will influence me? No. It won’t work.


5 posted on 04/24/2018 3:06:20 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Loyalist

My NHL referees will always be guys like Wally Harris, Bruce Hood (RIP), Ron Wicks (also RIP), Kerry Fraser, Bill McCreary, Don Koharski, Andy van Hellemond, Gord Broseker, John D’Amico (RIP), Terry Gregson, and others from that time in the 1970s and 1980s. The silly helmets and shields, although a fact of life in today’s game, greatly took away the personality and identification of the officials as well as the players. Therefore, I can’t see why this guy wants to make headlines concerning his personal life.


6 posted on 04/24/2018 3:08:55 AM PDT by OttawaFreeper ("If I had to go to war again, I'd bring lacrosse players" Conn Smythe)
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If he knows what goalie interference actually looks like (since the current crop of referees and the NHL do not!) then no problem. What does his fagness have to do with anything? Will he be wearing pink stripes instead of black ones? Most people really really don’t care about his fagness. Only HE thinks we care about it. Pure narcissist at work!


7 posted on 04/24/2018 3:13:33 AM PDT by bubman
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To: SkyPilot; Roman_War_Criminal

As it was in the Days of Lot......


8 posted on 04/24/2018 3:24:33 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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Why would anyone care about the sex life of a hockey referee? How does this even matter?


9 posted on 04/24/2018 3:30:40 AM PDT by Drew68
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They tend not be a showy lot, unlike this narcissist who’s all about being the first openly gay ref anywhere.

The use of that term gives the whole thing away. Can anyone name a single hockey player who is "openly heterosexual?" Probably not -- because normal people in hockey don't wear their sexuality on their sleeves.

A hockey referee who presents himself as "openly gay" isn't a professional hockey referee at all. He's a professional homosexual who happens to be a hockey referee.

10 posted on 04/24/2018 3:41:31 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's.")
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bump


11 posted on 04/24/2018 3:43:35 AM PDT by foreverfree
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I didn’t know they allowed sex of any kind in the hockey rink.


12 posted on 04/24/2018 3:46:53 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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Double bump, big guy...


13 posted on 04/24/2018 3:47:03 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Pollster1

Exactly! How is telegraphing your sexual orientation connected in any way to being a good referee? Oh, I know: “now they’ll HAVE to hire me to show they’re not racist, sexist, etc.....”.

The added bonus is the lbtqhgfbjithurl community gets a notch on their belts and think total acceptance is right around the corner.

Cuz putting your penis into another man’s rectum is all normal and stuff......


14 posted on 04/24/2018 3:48:45 AM PDT by Maskot (Put every dem/lib in prison...like yesterday.)
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But if he makes a bad call and the crowd boos him, he’ll automatically revert to those boos being because he’s gay, not because of a bad call.

Watch.

It’s what they do. Victims always.


15 posted on 04/24/2018 3:50:24 AM PDT by Maskot (Put every dem/lib in prison...like yesterday.)
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He’s too late...

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/referee-nigel-owens-on-coming-out-and-homophobic-twitter-abuse-im-gay-in-a-macho-world-but-i-wont-10144815.html


16 posted on 04/24/2018 4:00:04 AM PDT by mindburglar (I have an above average brain stem)
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I have a feeling if he just STFU and did his job no one would care.

But no, everyone must be reminded at all times he likes to bone other dudes. It's who he is and we all need to know it and be reminded of it constantly.

Tolerance used to mean 'neutral indifference.' But now, when it comes to PC garbage, it means 'celebratory approval.'

17 posted on 04/24/2018 4:08:23 AM PDT by servo1969
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so unless this FDRQ made some big issue out of being a faggot, how would anybody know?
18 posted on 04/24/2018 4:13:42 AM PDT by Chode (You have all of the resources you are going to have. Abandon your illusions and plan accordingly.)
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There are hundreds of straight men who try to be NHL referees and don’t make it. Nobody (I hope) knows this person’s sexual identity unless he TELLS them.

But hockey players will needle opponents as well as referees and if he’s expecting to be treated differently because of his self-declared proclivities, he won’t last long.


19 posted on 04/24/2018 4:21:05 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (CNN has covered nothing this week except Stormy Daniels and Trump's poll numbers rose 7 points.)
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Why can’t these idiots keep their personal sex lives to themselves?!


20 posted on 04/24/2018 4:21:06 AM PDT by albie
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