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Local LGBT Leader Reacts To Cam Janssen’s Homophobic Comments

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-A leader of the local LGBT community is reacting to comments made by former Blues enforcer, and Eureka native, Cam Janssen, about targeting gay players.

During a recent interview on an internet radio program, Janssen said, in vulgar terms, that if you know another player is gay, “He’s going to get his “butt” kicked”.

Pride St. Louis President Ethan Barnett says Janssen should know better, “When you’re in that position you really have to be careful of what you say because people look up to and idolize professional athletes and I feel like they have a responsibility when they’re talking to media, or anyone, to be aware of what they’re saying and how it’s going to affect others.”

Janssen has since apologized, through his current team, the New Jersey Devils. Barnett says he thinks Janssen should do something to back up his apology, and he’d like to contact Janssen to do something to help LGBT athletes in St. Louis, “It would go a long way to put together something like that or be one of the leaders of making that happen in St. Louis.”

Read Janssen’s apology here.

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