Brooks Orpik You Can Play Ad

This aired on ROOT Sports during the Pirates game:

Apparently some people on Twitter were angry with Orpik for participating in this project. No idea what to say to those people.

This is the goal of You Can Play:

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.

It's tough to not support that. Nice job by Orpik. If there's one thing about hockey (and many professional sports) that needs changing, it's the "macho" culture that thrives on excluding people.

Visit or @youcanplayteam for more info.