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SBD/March 5, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NHL Players Band Together For Campaign Seeking To End Homophobia In Sports
Published March 5, 2012
SUPPORTING THE CAUSE: Brian Burke "helped line up 35 NHL players to participate in the campaign." He said, "Virtually every player that was approached accepted immediately" (USA TODAY, 3/5). Patrick Burke added, "The response we've received from the athletes has been a little overwhelming, frankly" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/4). In DC, Dan Steinberg noted the project's founders "have told participating athletes that they aren't asking for partisan arguments or political stands," and the group "does not have a formal position on gay marriage or any other non-athletic issue." Patrick Burke: "We've asked them to say they would support an openly gay teammate. That's all we've asked them to say, and that's all we'll ever ask them to say" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/4).