ESPN writer blasts players for wearing military honors jerseys, but pride night jerseys down

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ESPN hockey writer Greg Wyszynski blasted Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov for agreeing to wear a military honors jersey but refusing to wear one on Pride Night.

On Tuesday, Provorov refused to wear a Pride Night rainbow shirt during practice out of respect for Russian Orthodoxy.

Provorov noted that everyone always talks about “choice” and added, “I respect everyone. I respect everyone’s choice. He added: “My choice is to be true to myself and my religion.”

While Provorov was criticized by leftists online for his commitment to his faith, he was also criticized by members of the leftist media.

Greg Wyszynski, ESPN’s senior hockey editor, noted what he believed to be a conflict with Prokorov’s religious values.

“Of course, Ivan Provorov is more than happy to dress according to his beliefs before the game,” Vyshinsky wrote on Twitter.

Vyshinsky even said that Prokorov refused to attend the event and owed money to Flyers Charities.

Flyers coach John Tortorella spoke about Prokorov’s decision and his decision not to bench him after the game.

In a statement to ESPN, the NHL said players “can decide which initiative to support.”

“Hockey is an umbrella initiative for all, under which the League encourages clubs to celebrate the diversity that exists in their markets and work to create welcoming and inclusive environments for all fans,” the league said. “Clubs will decide who, when and how to celebrate with the guidance and support of the League. Players can decide which initiatives to support and we will continue to support their voices and perspectives on social and cultural issues. »

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