SAN JOSE (CBS 5) — Gloria Nieto is a diehard fan of the San Jose Sharks, with the memorabilia to prove it. She is also a gay rights activist, married to her partner of 23 years.

Recently, the San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports team to produce an anti-bullying video for the It Gets Better Project. Nieto figured, why not the Sharks? She asked, but the team declined the request.

“If somebody from the Sharks comes forward, and says, you know, it gets better, hang in there, then maybe that’ll save someone’s life, who’s thinking about stepping on the train tracks,” Nieto said.

More than 20,000 videos have been produced for the It Gets Better Project. Videos have been submitted from ordinary people, to President Barack Obama, all in an effort to stop bullying and prevent suicide among gay teenagers.

Along with the Giants, several Major League Baseball teams have produced videos, including the Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies and Red Sox.

The San Jose Sharks have issued a written statement, saying, “While Sharks Sports & Entertainment praises the efforts of the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign, we receive hundreds of requests each season to get involved in a vast array of worthy and admirable causes – yet it is simply not possible to say yes to all such requests.”

Mario Acosta, a San Jose Sharks fan, wants the team to make the time. “I think President Obama’s busy too, and he still made a video,” he said.

Nieto has now launched an online petition for the Sharks to produce a video for the campaign, which had more than 300 signatures as of Friday. Many other professional sports teams have similar petitions.

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Comments (7)
  1. Shoop da Woop says:

    blah blah blah OBAMA

  2. Annoying says:

    This isn’t news. I thought the point was to let people/organizations decide what they want to do on their own..Shame on you CBS5 for trying to make an issue out of nothing.

  3. Amanda Schluer says:

    These organizations are basically shaming the Sharks into doing this video. If these kinds of organizations want respect for their cause they need to give it in return. The Sharks have every right to say no thank you. While I applaud the Giants for doing the video I don’t believe the Sharks are obligated to do it too. Find another way to get your message out.

  4. GalapagosPete says:

    “The Sharks have every right to say no thank you.”

    And we have every right to encourage them to reconsider their decision that teen suicide should just be lumped under “a vast array of worthy and admirable causes” that they don’t have time to support.

  5. Matthew says:

    They said no — so what….

    1. GalapagosPete says:

      “They said no — so what…”

      Because decent people given the opportunity to spend maybe a day recording a message that could keep some kid from killing themselves would jump at the chance regardless of how many other requests they get.

      That’s so what.

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