Former NHL star Sean Avery, 36, has now managed to pick a fight with a homeless advocate who became offended by his insensitive social media posts in which the ex-hockey player went around New York City waking up homeless people to ask them the time.
HomelessLivesMatter a Twitter handle run by a homeless Florida man, James Worley was contacted by Avery.
‘Get a life and actually think before you jump on the bandwagon to grab some followers,’ Avery wrote on Worley’s HomelessLivesMatter account.
‘Asking someone [who’s] sleeping on the street for the time is the furthest thing from harassment. So if a homeless person asks me for $ is that harassment?’
Worley responded, ‘Do you believe they enjoy being woken up?’
Avery couldn’t resist a parting shot stating: ‘So now it’s about enjoyment. Your bulls***t is funny.’
Worley told Page Six that he is currently living in a friend’s shed. ‘I personally deal with anxiety and depression. However I choose to use my time attempting to help others and raise awareness as a result of my own experiences,’ he said.
Earlier this week, Twitter users were left sickened as Avery went around approaching the homeless.
His initial response to the backlash was to sarcastically tweet: ‘Next time someone asks me for the time while I’m standing on the street I’m calling the police.’
One video on his Snapchat story shows him waking up a man sleeping on the street by saying: ‘Yo brother, you got the time bro?’
Another, from Monday afternoon – complete with a special Independence Day filter – shows him approach a couple of men and ask them for the time as well.
The former New York Ranger also approached a woman sleeping in a makeshift tent on the sidewalk last Friday, Page Six reports.
‘Sean Avery is harassing homeless people on Snapchat… pray U never end up homeless,’ Donald Currey wrote on Twitter.
Another user, DK, wrote: ‘Sean Avery has gone from top jacka** of the no-enforcers era in the NHL to picking on defenseless street people. What a sad little clown.’
‘Read article about Sean Avery harassing homeless 4 his own amusement. Could he be any more vile of a person?’ asked Laura Turk.
And a user named Britni simply said: ‘Sickening. Sean Avery is harassing the homeless & ppl on Twitter think it’s hilarious.’
Other videos posted that day showed him shouting at pedestrians.
He also said in one: ‘I just want everyone to know that when I’m violently mean towards people on Snapchat, I always turn around and say I’m sorry.
‘Bulls***. That’s a disclaimer for Snapchat.’
Avery responded to the backlash by sarcastically tweeting: ‘Next time someone asks me for the time while I’m standing on the street I’m calling the police’
Hounding the homeless on video for his social media followers appears to be a running joke for Avery.
Cody Wines wrote on Twitter: ‘I follow Sean Avery on Snapchat, and he has this running skit where he goes up to random homeless people sleeping and asks them for the time.’
And Avery appears to have no remorse when questioned about his controversial pastime.
When a Snapchat follower questioned him about why he asks for the time, he shared his reply on his Instagram account.
‘F*** u,’ he wrote. ‘All my expensive watches are for show not the time.’
When approached by PageSix for comment, Avery replied: ‘No comment, but if you tell me what street corner [Post columnist] Richard Johnson sleeps on, I will go wake him up.’
Avery has held a variety of jobs since he retired from the NHL in 2012, modelling for 7 For All Mankind, competing on Dancing With the Stars and even landing a role in the off-Broadway play Negative is Positive in 2014 – which he quit two days before opening night.
Twitter turned on the former NHL star calling him a ‘terrible human’ and a colossal douchebag’
He now spends his time remodeling and flipping homes in the Hamptons and is also trying to get into the real estate business in New York City.
During an episode of Watch What Happens Live in 2014 Avery actually called in to inquire if Million Dollar Listing star Fredrik Eklund, who was a guest on the show, would be interested in joining up with him to purchase a building in the Lower East Side.
Avery said he had been trying to reach Eklund for weeks, but his assistants were not putting him through to the broker.
He married model Hilary Rhoda last year.
Days before his wedding, he was arrested and charged with criminal mischief for throwing rocks at cars.
Police found him to be in possession of the prescription drugs acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.
He later showed proof that he had prescriptions for all the drugs.
Avery, who previously dated model Rachel Hunter and actress Elisha Cuthbert, began dating Rhoda in 2009 when the model was at the height of her career. At the time, Avery had recently completed a summer internship at Vogue, which he did during the 2008 off-season.