Sean Avery responded to the latest rumour concerning his sexuality in pure Sean Avery fashion.
Celebrity gossip site The Fame Driven published a letter claiming Avery was engaged to his friend, openly gay TV personality Andy Cohen, and that the two had been dating for over a year.
From The Fame Driven:
I’m not sure if you are aware or not but Andy Cohen has been dating former NHL star Sean Avery for almost a year and a half now, it will be two years in March. And get this, they are secretly ENGAGED! There have been rumors for years in the NHL league about Sean Avery’s sexuality, but he has always vehemently denied it, Sean even went as far as to “date” a beard girlfriend (Elisha Cuthbert), who he was never even remotely into, to cover up him receiving backlash from his NHL teammates and internally in the NHL for being gay.
Cohen was the first to respond to the story:
— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) September 3, 2013
Followed by Avery:
— Sean Avery (@imseanavery) September 4, 2013
The since-deleted Instagram photo showed a screenshot of The Fame Driven’s article. Cohen also shared the photo on his Facebook page.
It’s true Avery and Cohen are well acquainted. It was on Cohen’s show, Watch What Happens Live, that Avery announced his retirement from hockey. They’ve even talked about their “bromance” to New York magazine.
We’re chalking up their replies to this story as two chums making a joke of a (probably) bogus story.
Since the tail end of his hockey career, Avery has been associated with homosexuality for all of the right and wrong reasons.
He was one of the first NHLers to publicly support marriage equality and speak out against homophobia. He also appeared in a video by the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
During his career, Avery received criticism for participating in these campaigns and was the target of homophobia on the ice. James Wisniewski once used his hand and mouth to simulate fellatio toward Avery during a game as an insult. Avery also once claimed that Wayne Simmonds used a gay slur against him. A sports agent called him out publicly because of his views on same-sex marriage.
(h/t Puck Daddy)