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Video- Ivan Provorov Under Heat

01/20/2023 at 10:41am EST

from Phil Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

I disliked Ivan Provorov’s refusal to skate in the Philadelphia Flyers pregame warmup Tuesday night. He boycotted because he didn’t want to wear the same LGBTQ+ Pride Night warmup jersey the rest of the team was wearing.

But I also disliked a lot of the hypocritical media fallout from his protest.

Provorov, cited his Russian Orthodox beliefs as a reason why he didn’t want to don the jersey or use a rainbow-wrapped stick that (via ESPN.com) “were to be auctioned off by Flyers Charities, with proceeds going toward their efforts to grow the game in diverse communities.”

The 26-year-old Russian defenseman was instantly excoriated by fans and media for refusing to partake in the promotion....

But it was NHL Network analyst E.J. Hradek who took the shame-hyperbole to new heights.

more and watch the Hradek video below...

biv

Still focused on the one guy who did not participate vs. The actual message and initiatives.

OlderThanChelios

The 26-year-old Russian defenseman was instantly excoriated by fans and media for refusing to partake in the promotion....


His jerseys are completely sold out on NHL Shop and Fanatics (except for extra small). So, yes, the media went insane, but apparently real hockey fans went out and bought his jerseys.

HippyDave

I really wish sports franchises, and those who watch/write on them, would just focus on the sport.

MZ2215

Weird how the ones banging the tolerance, diversity, equality and inclusion drum the loudest are the least tolerant of any deviation from their own personal thoughts, opinions or beliefs. 


bigfrogMZ2215

It's always been that way, pushing agendas most people don't care about.

Remrap17MZ2215

It’s not that those folks are intolerant of any opposing opinions at all, it’s the specific kind of this opinion we’re intolerant of. Provorovs not merely standing up for his religion. He is not standing up for some harmless belief. Those who hold those beliefs don’t just sit still with them; they try to turn those beliefs into laws that everyone has to abide by, and it absolutely harms real people. That is the issue we have with this type of belief or opinion.

Rumbear

I wanna make sure I understand this.... the Flyers held a "LGBTQ+ Pride Night" to show support and tolerance for minority groups. The supporters of these groups are now up in arms because a Player elected to support his minority beliefs by not participating. Me thinks there is a word for this....

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