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from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The National Hockey League said Thursday that it's aware of the backlash over Kid Rock performing at the 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa, saying that the decision to hire him was "purely based" on his entertainment value and history as a hockey fan.

The 47-year-old singer has drawn attention in the last year for endorsing President Donald Trump, his history of displaying confederate flags at concerts, criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protests during the national anthem and anti-transgender comments made during a concert....

Steve Mayer, NHL executive vice president and executive producer for programming and creative development, acknowledged the All-Star Game backlash. While the NHL did consider Kid Rock's recent controversies, "our sole objective is to choose musical acts to perform at our events and entertain our fans," Mayer told ESPN in an interview Thursday.

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Red Winger's avatar

So ESPN and all like-minded people are fine with a group or performer that bashes the president, but one that supports him is way off limits.

God I love leftwing hypocrisy.

Listen, I think Trump is a clown. I didn’t vote for him. But the hypocrisy of the Left is simply astonishing at times.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/19/18 at 09:35 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I’m really not a fan, but this is way better than Nickleback.

There’s actually a pretty good episode of The Big Interview which was on AXS recently. Dan rather interviewed Rock. I’d recommend it, it was a good watch.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/19/18 at 09:49 AM ET

Paul's avatar

The only thing which bothers me is a guy called Kid Rock is 47 years old.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/18 at 09:50 AM ET

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Paul, that point has more merit than ESPN’s entire article.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/19/18 at 10:07 AM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/19/18 at 08:35 AM ET

Exactly!!!!

I’m not a Kid Rock fan but the backlash over this is ridiculous.

Posted by Steve1306 on 01/19/18 at 10:11 AM ET

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God I love leftwing hypocrisy.

So ESPN are hypocrites for reporting on the fact that there’s backlash against Kid Rock performing?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 01/19/18 at 10:19 AM ET

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Espn “reports” scores and that’s about it.  They spend the rest of the time driving an agenda which is not “reporting”.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/19/18 at 10:26 AM ET

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I’m fairly confident ESPN wouldn’t say a word if the entertainer was an outspoken/controversial liberal supporter.

Posted by Steve1306 on 01/19/18 at 10:35 AM ET

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They spend the rest of the time driving an agenda which is not “reporting”.

Sure they do.

I’m fairly confident ESPN wouldn’t say a word if the entertainer was an outspoken/controversial liberal supporter.

More generalizations based on nothing!

Cool cool cool.

Enjoy your victimhood.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 01/19/18 at 11:06 AM ET

Temo's avatar

Ah politics and liberal-bashing! EXACTLY why I come to this site!  hmmm

Posted by Temo from La Capital, Míchígán on 01/19/18 at 11:10 AM ET

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“Based on nothing…”

What a troll.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/19/18 at 11:15 AM ET

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Please try to keep the comments on topic.

Much appreciated.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/18 at 11:17 AM ET

HaHasek's avatar

It’s odd that their choice of entertainer being a hockey fan is a factor. That’s gotta limit their choices.

Posted by HaHasek on 01/19/18 at 11:25 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

I guess this is why Kid Rock is a good fit

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/19/18 at 11:44 AM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 01/19/18 at 10:06 AM ET

Hey can you direct me to the article where ESPN criticized Snoop for playing unedited music (drugs and swearing) at the all star game last year? Google doesn’t seem to be returning any results.

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/19/18 at 12:15 PM ET

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Since they’re so concerned with what someone thinks or says while they aren’t working for the NHL, they must obviously be outraged by music with the F word being played by someone DURING THE EVENT right?

Right??

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/19/18 at 12:20 PM ET

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People with opinions are such hypocrites. Don’t these people realize that opposing opinions exist, and that there are other issues to have opinions about?

These people should also better align their collective opinions.

Posted by HaHasek on 01/19/18 at 12:33 PM ET

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Espn “reports” scores and that’s about it.  They spend the rest of the time driving an agenda which is not “reporting”.

Sad, but true. I never watch ESPN anyway. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 01/19/18 at 10:40 PM ET

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