Pro hockey player and former NHLer Paul Bissonnette is taking aim at transphobia by cutting ties with a "hockey lifestyle clothing" company after it made a pretty unbelievable misstep on Twitter. According to sources, Sauce Hockey on Monday tweeted something that referred to Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby as transgender and trying to get into a locker room. Lovely.
That tweet prompted conversations between Bissonnette and two powerful men in hockey with an understanding of LGBT issues -- Patrick Burke and Bruce Arthur -- about what the hell Sauce Hockey was doing and what they were saying.
The ensuing conversation between Bissonnette and Sauce Hockey wasn't so kind:
Part 2: I am no longer involved with the company and apologize to anyone offended. pic.twitter.com/rapqGGtW58— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) May 17, 2016
Sauce Hockey, of course, deleted the post lest more people come to their doorstep carrying pitchforks:
We agree 100% with @BizNasty2point0 sentiments The re-posted tweet was in extremely poor judgement and apologize to anyone who was offended— Sauce Hockey (@SauceHockey) May 17, 2016
In the end, it was great to see Bissonnette engaged in the conversation and learning about trans issues. With only about 0.3% of the population being trans, it's so important that people keep their minds and ears open and be willing to listen. Thanks to Bissonnette for that.