Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sportsnet host ‘under attack’ for knocking gay marriage

Toronto Star sports columnist Cathai Kelly reports that Sportsnet broadcaster Damian Goddard has succumbed to the dangerous charms of Twitter.
Goddard "just couldn’t help himself from weighing in on the hottest topic in hockey right now: gay marriage," Kelly wrote.
New York Ranger Sean Avery started things off with his video in support of gay marriage in that state.
Burlington-based hockey agent Todd Reynolds gave the story legs Monday when he Tweeted that Avery’s position was “very sad” and “wrong.”
Now Goddard, a host of Sportsnet’s Connected, has imposed himself on the debate.
“I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE (sic) meaning of marriage,” he Tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
Minutes later, he wrote: “Reynolds … Peter Vidmar … coming under the attack of the so-called liberal left.”
Vidmar is the former chief of mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. He resigned this week after it was revealed that he’d protested against gay marriage in 2008 and donated $2,000 to a political campaign to make gay marriage illegal in the state of California.
Goddard’s Twitter page is his own, but pictures him on a Sportsnet set and identifies him as ‘Rogers Sportsnet — anchor, Connected’.
It’s not clear what action Rogers Sportsnet will take, if any. But Goddard wouldn’t have been heartened to see a series of replies on the network’s main Twitter page through the afternoon. These repeated the same message to a series of questioners who referenced Goddard’s original comment: “Today’s tweet from Damian Goddard does not reflect the views of Rogers Sportsnet.”

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