December 4, 2022

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Comments Considered Homophobic: Ron McLean Apologizes and Misunderstands

Comments Considered Homophobic: Ron McLean Apologizes and Misunderstands

Host of the show Hockey Night in Canada Ron McLean on Wednesday apologized for being considered a homosexual he had committed the day before during a report of a game between the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During the second break, McLean, 61, a former National Hockey League (NHL) defenseman, pointed to a photo on the shelf behind Kevin Bixa, now a regular contributor to the show.

Showing a photo of another former NHL player who turned to the media, McLean described Anthony Stewart as a “shirtless” person, saying Bexa “should be positive about something”. However, he indicated that he was talking about rum.

“First, I regret what happened tonight and apologize [mardi]McLean wrote in a long Twitter post. At the beginning of the show there was a humorous moment about a photograph of our colleague Anthony Stewart having fun with rum at a party. This photo, along with another, was on the Kevin Bexa shelf the rest of the evening. ”

“During the second pause, when Kevin joked that he was the ‘most positive person in the bunch’, I drew the audience’s attention to this photo by using the phrase ‘Torpe of’ (shirtless) to refer to the photo with the bottle of rum, and I joked,” You mean positively tested. ” Rum. When people listen to the conversation between two people, I understand that there is a possibility of misunderstanding. If you only heard the last sentence, I fully understand how this misunderstanding came about. I’m sorry. “

However, the host was not satisfied to explain himself publicly, indicating that the words and sense of responsibility were inadequate. He consulted with several activists in the LGBTQ2S + movement.

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“I have spoken with the leaders of the Equality Movement, my friends in the LGBTQ2S + community and my colleagues to take advantage of their knowledge, and we continue to try to take care of all of us. I appreciate the power of the voices that spoke to me tonight. [mardi] And this morning [mercredi]. This opens up a realm of opportunity. This is how changes happen. ”

Remember that Dan Cherry was fired in November 2019 for racist comments made in the “Coach Corner” section hosted by McLean. Cherry distanced herself from the latter remarks, referring to “diversity as the strength of the nation.”