Thankfully, Provorov’s coach — NHL legend John Tortorella — had his player’s back, telling reporters he wouldn’t consider scratching the defenseman from the lineup for refusing to don the warmup gear. “With Provy, he’s being true to himself and to his religion,” said Tortorella, who’s in his first year with the Flyers. “This has to do with his belief and his religion. It’s one thing I respect about Provy: He’s always true to himself. That’s where we’re at with that.”
Yesterday @espn’s Sarah Spain said on air that Tampa Bay Rays players who don’t wear a pride flag are bigoted and using BS religion. Imagine turning on sports and getting this loony left wing insanity on your TV. Embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/Z0B9KzSS1k— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 8, 2022
This being ESPN, where your daily dose of sports is served up with a side of propaganda, its report couldn’t help but slyly accuse Tortorella of hypocrisy. “Tortorella has made headlines before about his stance on pregame protests. In 2016, he said that any of his players who didn’t stand for the national anthem would be benched for the rest of the game,” the outlet said. “He reversed that stance after watching the racial injustice protests in 2020, saying he would no longer punish players who protested before a game.” The fact ESPN cannot tell the difference between religious convictions and political protest says a great deal about the state of the left in 2023. [firefly_poll] Religion is, by its very nature, an all-encompassing ontological view of the world that leaves nothing untouched. One cannot say there’s a time and a place for religion: For the adherent, it is all of the time and in every place. Political protest is nothing of the sort, of course — and there’s necessarily a time and a place for it. If I stand up at a rally for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and start raving about how the capitalist system needs to be dismantled, I’ll get nothing but applause. If I pull the same stunt at my brother’s wedding, the reaction will be a bit different. And furthermore, let’s not pretend that Judeo-Christian religion has explicit prohibitions on 1) same-sex relations and 2) the sin of pride. Many choose to ignore those inconvenient parts of the Good Book, which is certainly their choice. It is not within their rights, however, is force others to ignore it — or to vigorously ostracize them if they continue t0 insist that the Bible means what it says. But that’s where we are now. At least a few “SportsCenter” cycles will be dedicated to giving Provorov the stink-eye for refusing to sacrifice his religious convictions on the altar of wokeness. Yet the outrage will die, the Truth will still be the Truth, and Ivan Provorov, hopefully, will remain unbowed. Good for him. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Ivan Provorov didn’t participate in warmups, and head coach John Tortorella confirmed it was because he chose not to wear the team’s Pride-themed jersey on Pride Night.Full comments: pic.twitter.com/Gdd7035pEg — NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 18, 2023