As far as sports leagues are concerned, the National Hockey League (NHL) is one of the better ones.
They have a Pride Night for every team, but overall, they keep away from ramming wokeness down their fans throats.
Well, a game this week in Philadelphia was Pride Night for the Flyers.
One player refused to bend the knee, and now reporters are calling for his head.
True to Myself
So, if we go back to NFL players kneeling during the anthem, most of us did not like it, but they have that right.
Of course, we complained about it, but I don’t recall many people saying the players should be benched.
Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman Ivan Provorov chose not to take part in the pregame warmups where players wear the Pride warmup jersey and it is then auctioned off to benefit the cause.
He did not disrespect anyone, as you can see here…
#Flyers Ivan Provorov on his Pride Night pregame boycott :
“My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.” pic.twitter.com/YSFKvkyEJC
— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) January 18, 2023
But this was the reaction of the media, as though he had murdered someone…
But Provorov obviously does not respect “everyone”. If he did respect everyone, he would have taken part in warm-up and worn the Pride Night jersey. Don’t hide behind religion. https://t.co/Qk6dTgAnmP
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 18, 2023
Being LGBT+ is not a "choice." Being ignorant, obnoxious, and homophobic is a choice.
Ivan Provorov wasn't wearing uniform tonight and the @NHLFlyers should not have let him play. Stop letting bigots hide behind their cherry-picked religion. Do better. https://t.co/WTnqibGsXj
— Rachael Millanta (@rachaelmillanta) January 18, 2023
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov refused to wear a jersey for Pride Night.
He then told the media he “respects everybody.”
His reasoning for refusing? His religion.
Hiding behind it is homophobic.
Shameful he played last night. pic.twitter.com/BhtzSicInV
— Colin Kaepernick 7️⃣ Was Exiled Exercising Rights (@RickStrom) January 18, 2023
Thankfully, the team and the NHL are standing behind Provorov, at least for now, and he is holding firm.
I can only hope he, the team, nor the league fold to the pressure of these groups.