The Philadelphia Flyers spent a part of Tuesday night time’s house sport towards the Anaheim Geese as a solution to pay respect to the LGBTQ group. One Flyers participant needed no a part of it, although.
Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov, a 26-year-old from Russia, determined to not skate by way of warmups sporting a Delight sweater or use a stick wrapped in multi-colored tape to honor the LGBTQ group.
He claimed non secular causes for his absence in pre-game actions however later mentioned he revered “all people.”
“I respect all people and I respect all people’s selections,” Provorov mentioned earlier than reporters, in response to CBS Information. “My alternative is to remain true to myself and my faith. That is all I’ll say.”
Provorov, who’s Russian Orthodox, didn’t reply another questions on his refusal to take part within the warmups previous his staff’s, 5-2, win over Anaheim.
Provorov was slammed on social media and given physique checks on Twitter for his refusal to take part in warmups with the LGBTQ group in thoughts. Listed here are a number of the feedback.
“The Flyers, like each staff within the NHL, have LGBTQ+ figuring out followers. Ivan Provorov simply advised all of them that he does not assume they belong in hockey. Disgusting,” hockey author Mike Stephens tweeted.
“Ivan Provorov was allowed to play in a sport for the Philadelphia Flyers – the group that was the primary to say that you may be faraway from the world when you utter a homophobic slur – after refusing to put on a Delight brand for heat ups.
“What an absolute shame,” one other tweeted.
Provorov’s coach, John Tortorella, mentioned he revered his participant’s beliefs and stood behind him. Tortorella mentioned there wasn’t even a consideration of benching Provorov (additionally known as “Provy”) for his actions.
“With Provy, he is being true to himself and to his faith. This has to do along with his perception and his faith. It is one factor I respect about Provy, he is at all times true to himself. That is the place I am at with that,” Tortorella mentioned.
The Flyers launched a press release after the sport saying it would proceed to assist the LGBTQ group.
“The Philadelphia Flyers group is dedicated to inclusivity and is proud to assist the LGBTQ+ group. A lot of our gamers are lively of their assist of native LGBTQ+ organizations, and we have been proud to host our annual Delight Evening once more this 12 months. The Flyers will proceed to be sturdy advocates for inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ group.”
The Flyers are 19-19-7 after Tuesday night time’s win, which places them in seventh place within the NHL Japanese Convention’s Metropolitan Division.
Newsweek reached out to the Flyers for remark.