We’ve all been there.
A fit of anger or weariness at the end of a long day leads to a tweet or a Facebook posting that you immediately want to not just delete but pull back so no one else can see it.
Most of us can coast by with just a delete and not be any worse for wear. But Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has more than 240,000 followers. So when he absentmindedly tweeted a comment that could be translated as a homophobic slur earlier this week, it caught a lot of people’s attention — including Patrick Burke at the You Can Play Project.
Seguin and Burke, who took to twitter tamp down the controversy in the immediate aftermath, had a cordial meeting this week.
“I didn’t know what to expect. But it was better than any expectations,” Seguin said. “He’s a good guy and he kind of gave me more of an overview of the whole program, which I had no idea about. I’m looking to get involved once the playoffs are over.”
“He advised me – it was very minor thing and very unintentional – so I made sure I sent him my apologies and we’re all moving on.”
The You Can Play Project has the following mission statement on its Web site:
You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is one of the many athletes across the sporting world who’ve made videos in support of You Can Play. Now it can count Seguin as a supporter and as a person who’s a little more educated today because of the project.
“Yeah, he [Burke] told me his own personal stories about it and what not. And I do have a few friends that are gay, so I know the lifestyle and I know sometimes with athletes a lot of chirping goes on,” Seguin said. “I think with myself, it was kind of late at night, just talking with my buddies, sometimes I forget that I’m on Twitter in front of a quarter-million people and not just talking to my friends.
“It’s just another learning experience.”