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...