Skip to comments.A gay referee pursues a place in the NHL — and wonders if hockey will ever accept him
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.
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.
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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 whos all about being the first openly gay ref anywhere.
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.
Can he keep up? Hes not out there looking for a date. What difference does his sexual preference have to do with his job?
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!!
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.
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.
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!
As it was in the Days of Lot......
Why would anyone care about the sex life of a hockey referee? How does this even matter?
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.
I didn’t know they allowed sex of any kind in the hockey rink.
Double bump, big guy...
Exactly! How is telegraphing your sexual orientation connected in any way to being a good referee? Oh, I know: now theyll HAVE to hire me to show theyre 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 mans rectum is all normal and stuff......
But if he makes a bad call and the crowd boos him, hell automatically revert to those boos being because hes gay, not because of a bad call.
Its what they do. Victims always.
He’s too late...
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.'
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.
Why can’t these idiots keep their personal sex lives to themselves?!
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