Editor’s Note, April 1, 2013: This was a dumb ass post we did a couple season ago. It’s no longer seems appropriate.
Crosby’s Announcement Roils the NHL “It’s true, I’m totes gay,” said the young Pens captain. “This is something I’ve wanted to say for a very long time, but was never quite sure how,” Crosby told us in an exclusive PuckBuddys interview. Hockey fans in Pittsburgh and across the nation are still in shock – - although not completely surprised – by the star center’s decision to come out publicly, becoming the first NHL player to admit to being homosexual. Since being the 1st overall pick in 2005, the 23-year-old Crosby has been one of the league’s top players, seen by some as a catalyst to reviving interest in the sport. “Look, I’m no different today than I was yesterday. I’m still the same Sidney. It’s not like gay guys don’t play hockey,” he told us in a sit-down interview. “You wouldn’t believe how many other guys out there book-marked your site. I made a few phone calls to some pals around the league to share the news, and I’m very appreciative of Alex Ovechkin’s support. I could hear the other Alex, Semin, in the background yammering something in Russian, but I had no idea what he was saying. Tigersemin something, I think.” Crosby admitted that there are conservative pockets and business interests in the NHL who will likely not be happy to see their star heart-throb admit to being gay. Canadian commentator Don Cherry was among the first to express dismay. “You’re going to say ‘what about other kids?’” said the pugnacious Cherry, suggesting hockey might need fewer gays and more fighting. (Earlier this year, a DNS attack was launched against PuckBuddys. It was rumored at the time that Cherry might be behind the attack; we can only confirm a large amount of incoming traffic from the CBC.) In our wide-ranging interview, Sidney Crosby discussed the difficulties of keeping his secret, the reaction of his team-mates, and working with Pens coach Dan Byslma. “I love Dan as a coach, and he’s been nothing but supportive.” he said. “But his fashion sense? Oh my God, it’s just tragic.” Referring to the concussion that has kept him sidelined since early January, Crosby said, “Sometimes it takes a shot to the head to start thinking straight… I mean more clearly. Looking back, I thank Dave Steckel for helping me get to where I needed to be. And by the way; it was a clean hit.” For now, Crosby and his teammates will be adjusting to the news. There’s no word on how his corporate endorsements may be impacted but his agent has already fielded inquiries from a number of companies. We still await comment from League officials. We’ll be publishing our full interview transcripts soon.