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Statement From The Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships – touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama – and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.

Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit.

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It’ll be tough to root for the Pens this year. It’ll be tough not to have ill feelings towards them.

Posted by HaHasek on 09/24/17 at 11:06 AM ET

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Same as every year HH.

Not because they’re going to the White House though.

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/24/17 at 11:22 AM ET

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Maybe people would be more sympathetic if the protest was actually somehow related to events they were upset about. There is no relationship there.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 12:12 PM ET

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Maybe people would be more sympathetic if the protest was actually somehow related to events they were upset about. There is no relationship there.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 12:12 PM ET

I know exactly the message they are trying to send, and in sympathetic. This is a peaceful protest on a national stage. Better than facing down police in the streets and getting people hurt in the process.

And Sessions reversal of policies put in place by the previous administration to combat police brutality is an obvious connection to this particular protest.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 09/24/17 at 01:01 PM ET

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And again completely unrelated to the national anthem. They are protesting what provides them the mechanism to actually effect change.  It’s ignorant. Rather than protest something that actually makes sense they are attributing meaning to one idiots misplaced angst.

The hands up don’t shoot protest was reasonable ( even though it was based on a lie). At least it was related to something. This is a stupid gesture in search of meaning.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 01:08 PM ET

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My well placed sources tell me that the Penguins players were well in favor of voting to not go to the White House, with Malkin last to vote. He was over heard in the bathroom having a phone conversation, speaking in Russian prior to casting his vote. No one thought much of it - one vote wouldnt change the verdict.

However, at the same time, it has been reported that Datsyuk rushed into a Best Buy in Russia and asked for the wifi password and that he was doing business “on behalf of Mr. Putin.”

Malkin returned to the locker room and cast his vote. It was then announced that the vote was in favour of the visit. Players were shocked into silence, but Malkin was elated.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/24/17 at 01:34 PM ET

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Same as every year HH.

Not because they’re going to the White House though.

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/24/17 at 11:22 AM ET

Very well said, TG.

Maybe people would be more sympathetic if the protest was actually somehow related to events they were upset about. There is no relationship there.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 12:12 PM ET

This times 19.

I’m a big believer in the following quote from Mark Twain: “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

Staging a protest during the national anthem is a protest against your country, not against the government in power. People in influential positions should be smart enough to understand that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/24/17 at 04:19 PM ET

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Staging a protest during the national anthem is a protest against your country, not against the government in power.

Exactly. It’s a protest against a country that institutionalizes racism and allows its police force to murder innocent, unarmed people of color with impunity.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 04:49 PM ET

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Think you missed the distinction between country nd government.

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/24/17 at 05:32 PM ET

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I’m talking about what the protest is actually about.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 05:37 PM ET

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You’re in San Fran.  We already know what you’re about.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 05:46 PM ET

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So geography negates my statement, because you have no logical argument to back up yours. Got it.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 05:48 PM ET

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I didn’t negate anything. Immediately make false accusations and play the victim. Sounds about right.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 06:02 PM ET

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I’m going on what Kaepernick and others have stated publicly about what they’re protesting. You’re disregarding my statement based on geography. I’m not your ‘victim’, I’m telling you what’s going on.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 06:07 PM ET

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You already lost. Let it go.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 06:15 PM ET

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I state facts, you whine about it. That’s losing in your world. Got it.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 06:15 PM ET

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Stop. You’re just embarrassing yourself.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 06:21 PM ET

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But you “know all about” someone you’ve never met because they’re from a place you’ve never been.

Real mental giant, here, everyone!

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 06:27 PM ET

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I apologize. I should have included a trigger warning. I think there is a safe space here you can just click the red X in the corner of the page and all the microaggressions will just fade away.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 06:31 PM ET

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Okay, you both have had your say.

PM each other if you want to continue or else this will never eind.

Thanks.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/24/17 at 06:35 PM ET

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How do know I’ve never been to San Fran? Sounds like you “know all about” someone you’ve never met. such a hypocrite….

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 06:41 PM ET

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Done.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 06:42 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area

“Ignore”  function engaged, Paul! Politics and caffeine sometimes leads to quite the rabbit hole.

LGRW!

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 06:46 PM ET

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Thanks.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/24/17 at 06:47 PM ET

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Rather than protest something that actually makes sense they are attributing meaning to one idiots misplaced angst.

So they went “outside the box”....but you apparently have a problem with that. Lol

And again completely unrelated to the national anthem.

You can thank Trump, he connected the dots for you so now everything is all related.

Semi-joking aside, here what I see.  Racism in your country exploded again during an period of time when we all should already understand and really have equal rights. This is the country’s problem. Protesting against a deeply rooted issue in the country today in 2017 is wrong, and the protest indicates to me that enough is enough. A player in 2016 kneeled during the national anthem to protest and display displeasure about the divisiveness of a country’s treatment of all its people during a country’s anthem. Some have a problem with it, but it make sense to me! If you don’t like, sorry he went “outside your box” thinking??  But guess what, the country is having good discussions again about race inequality so the protest worked.  It even made it to a hockey blog. These root problems need to be addressed, and anyone to bring more awareness about human inequality through various mechanisms needs to happen.

Posted by 0neoftheWings on 09/24/17 at 07:37 PM ET

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No it didn’t work. People are arguing about the protest not any other issue. It has become about NFL nothing else. It’s a complete failure.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 08:19 PM ET

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Is no one else as worried about the Russian collusion mentioned above as I am? smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/24/17 at 08:21 PM ET

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OneoftheWings,

Just to clear it up, the post was about hockey, nothing about anything else.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/24/17 at 08:22 PM ET

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It’s just a shame that sports used to be a huge unifier of people in the community like the 68 tigers were. Now it’s becoming a divider. Sports should be a diversion from the political scene.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 09/24/17 at 09:59 PM ET

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It would be nice to hear about offensive and defensive strateg, standings and stats rather than politics.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/24/17 at 10:17 PM ET

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I’m all for more stats. I actually purchased the Dobber Hockey guide for my hockey pool this season. I’m hoping the additional info will allow me to make the right decision so that I can do a lot better in the pool. I’m also looking at trying a tier system this year. Anyone have experience with that?

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 09/24/17 at 11:13 PM ET

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...a country that institutionalizes racism and allows its police force to murder innocent, unarmed people of color with impunity.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 04:49 PM ET

I state facts…

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/24/17 at 06:15 PM ET

You say you “state facts,” Steve, but your first statement is just an opinion based on your interpretation of the facts. You probably look at what happened in Ferguson and see an innocent, unarmed person of color murdered by a racist police officer. Others look at it and see a thug who robbed a store, assaulted its owner, assaulted a police officer, then returned to assault that officer a second time, and got shot because of it.

You’re 100% entitled to your opinion about the issue of race relations in this country, but please don’t confuse your opinions with the facts.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/25/17 at 12:42 AM ET

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If any of you thinks that this country doesn’t have a problem with institutionalized racism I can only assume you’ve never been on the wrong side of it.

Don’t tell me, those nice marchers in Charlottesville were just expressing their freedom of speech, no?

Posted by neffernin on 09/25/17 at 09:00 AM ET

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I didn’t expect to see so many snowflakes this soon before winter.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/25/17 at 10:05 AM ET

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The Venn diagram of people offended by this form of protest and people who I saw at Wings games rocking a mullet and a jersey tucked into jeans would be a single circle.

Posted by incompetent GM on 09/25/17 at 02:08 PM ET

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Thumbs up to everyone preaching unity and equality while stereotyping and insulting large groups of people.

Utah backyard rinks hopefully will able to go in early this year.  They are getting killer snow already.

Posted by SlimChance on 09/25/17 at 03:02 PM ET

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