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John Tortorella’s View On Kneeling During The National Anthem

from TSN,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has changed his stance on protesting and kneeling during the national anthem.

Just four years ago while coaching the United States at the World Cup of Hockey, Tortorella told ESPN that "if any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.” This remark was made during the controversy of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protests against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.

Now, it appears Tortorella has changed his stance on the matter following world-wide protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis last month.

“When I stand for the flag and the national anthem, my reflection is solely on the men and women who have given their lives defending our country and constitution and freedom, along with those who are serving today,” Tortorella told Aaron Portzline of The Athletic on Wednesday. “I have learned over the years, listening and watching, that men and women who choose to kneel during this time mean no disrespect toward the flag.”

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Tortorella…gets it?

This is truly a sign of the end times…

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/11/20 at 09:04 AM ET

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I’m glad to see that he’s no longer pushing the false narrative about the kneeling being done to disrespect the flag.  It’s nice to see that he’s gotten past his white privilege and acknowledged that the issue it was meant to bring attention to is real.

Posted by MikeO on 06/11/20 at 10:01 AM ET

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Im always impressed with Torts willingness to evolve.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/11/20 at 10:27 AM ET

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Posted by MikeO on 06/11/20 at 10:01 AM ET

And we’d like to thank you for keeping this attention at the forefront here for years, while you courageously let us never forget this issue is real and needs to be add ...


Ummm, wait ...

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/11/20 at 11:22 AM ET

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I think this is the right judgment and also appreciate
Torts being openminded and adapting.

No one deserves being subjected to unwarranted, excessive force let alone a death sentence - and let alone due in any part to the color of skin they were born with.
There are far too many officers (and I say this with appreciation for how stressful, dangerous and challenging the job can be) who don’t have the judgment, character, or basic respect for fellow human beings and feel they can hurt people with impunity - sometimes sadistically. They give the larger majority of law enforcement a bad name and make their jobs much harder.

It’s not always appreciated how divisive and crazy some of the rhetoric was coming from the former QB who became the overwhelmingly dominant messenger associated with these issues. The issues needed to be raised. Major change needs to come.

But that cause and those long-overdue reforms suffered as much as they were given more attention due to the needlessly polarizing distractions of a guy who often did come off as if he hated all police and hated this country. That’s not an excuse not to care let alone to oppose legitimate reform. But he became the issue at times more than the issue itself.

I don’t think it’s ever a good idea either practically (in getting reform done) or as a matter of principle, to throw around terms that needlessly assume, impugn, and generalize in a negative way based solely on the skin color someone was born with.
Excessive force and abuse affects people of all races and ethnicities. There is a disparate impact overall which needs to be addressed. But if we’re all going to be in this together and part of the solution, problematizing *anyone’s race* is not the way to do it.

Just my two cents.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/11/20 at 11:57 AM ET

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I’ve always thought that any player should have the right to express themselves however they want.  But they do not have the right to be shielded for the ramifications of that particular stand.  If players want to take a stand, they should expect there will be blowback.

Posted by bababooey on 06/11/20 at 12:18 PM ET

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I don’t think it’s ever a good idea either practically (in getting reform done) or as a matter of principle, to throw around terms that needlessly assume, impugn, and generalize in a negative way based solely on the skin color someone was born with.

Excessive force and abuse affects people of all races and ethnicities. There is a disparate impact overall which needs to be addressed. But if we’re all going to be in this together and part of the solution, problematizing *anyone’s race* is not the way to do it.

Just my two cents.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/11/20 at 11:57 AM ET

Nailed it!!!!!!!

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/11/20 at 12:41 PM ET

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And we’d like to thank you for keeping this attention at the forefront here for years, while you courageously let us never forget this issue is real and needs to be add ...

Ummm, wait ...

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/11/20 at 11:22 AM ET

Derp derp derp derpity derp derp derpity derp derp

wink

Posted by MikeO on 06/11/20 at 03:03 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/11/20 at 11:22 AM ET

F*ck off.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/11/20 at 05:23 PM ET

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Personally, I’d like to see the national anthems of both countries eliminated from the pre-game routine. Here in the U.S., only a handful of players are U.S. citizens, yet they’re supposed to stand for the national anthem.

It’s not something that seems appropriate for a sportig event. No one plays a nathional anthem before a play starts. It’s not done before a circus or the Ice Capades begins. Why before a sporting event?

Don’t get me wrong, as someone who served in the military, I’m every bit as patriotic as most Americans. But why inject this issue into a sport where it may be the only thing that the fans in the stands disagree on during that event? Let the guys warm up, drop the damn puck, and play the game.

Seems like it would solve a whole lot of problems.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/13/20 at 02:06 PM ET

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