On Tuesday evening, Philadelphia Flyers’ Ivan Provorov refused to put on a homosexual satisfaction warm-up jersey on the staff’s Pride Night, citing spiritual beliefs.
Provorov’s transfer has garnered loads of criticism, even by the NHL’s personal reporters.
On Wednesday’s version of “NHL Now” on the NHL Network, senior reporter E.J. Hradek gave Provorov, who’s Russian, an ultimatum.
“Ivan Provorov can get on a airplane any day he desires and return to a spot the place he feels extra comfy, take much less cash and get on together with his life that means if it is that problematic for him …” Hradek mentioned. “If that is that a lot of an issue for him, to possibly assimilate into his group of teammates, and locally and right here on this nation, that is OK. Listen, you may really feel any means you need. But the sweetness is, if it bothers you that a lot, there’s at all times an opportunity to go away, return to the place you are feeling extra comfy — I perceive there is a battle of kinds occurring over there, possibly get entangled.”
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Provorov has been labeled “homophobic” for the transfer, regardless of saying he “respect[s] all people and respect[s] all people’s selections.”
“My alternative is to remain true to myself and my faith. That’s all I’m going to say,” he mentioned after the sport.
In an announcement launched Tuesday evening, the Flyers mentioned they’re “dedicated to inclusivity and is proud to assist the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
“Many of our gamers are lively of their assist of native LGBTQ+ organizations, and we have been proud to host out annual Pride Night once more this 12 months,” they mentioned. “The Flyers will proceed to be sturdy advocates for inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.”
Head coach John Tortorella mentioned it will have been “unfair” to bench Provorov for his beliefs, including that he respects Provorov for “at all times [being] true to himself.”
The league mentioned on Wednesday that “gamers are free to determine which initiatives to assist, and we proceed to encourage their voices and views on social and cultural points.”
The league has not responded to Fox News Digital’s request for remark concerning Hradek’s sentiments.