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Sharks Decline Request To Make ‘It Gets Better’ Video

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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.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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