ESPN pundit believes that Team USA hockey coach John Tortorella, for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, should be FIRED! And I know you thought this wasn’t a a Kaepernick story but it’s ALL because of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that this came up. He made the decision to sit down and turn his back on the Nation’s Anthem. He said he’s not “going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Tortorella said that “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” Despite receiving lots of flack from the lamestream media on his stance, he has not budged.
This is an appropriate response because the team is playing FOR America and the Anthem and Flag both represent America. It wouldn’t make sense to be a team who doesn’t support their own country, right?
I personally stood up and cheered when I found out about Tortorella. His stance is spot on and the only people I see whining about it are the Liberal media who have no love for America. Tortorella’s responses since this all started have been awesome:
“I know there has been a number of different things said since yesterday. Listen, our country – we’re in a great country because we can express ourselves and I am not against expressing yourselves. That’s what’s great about our country – we can do that. But when there are men and women that give their lives for their flag, for their anthem, have given their lives, continue to put themselves on the line with our services for our flag, for our anthem – families that have been disrupted, traumatic physical injuries, traumatic mental injuries for these people that give us the opportunity to do the things we want to do, there’s no chance an anthem and a flag should come into any type of situation where you’re trying to make a point. It is probably the most disrespectful thing you can do as a U.S. citizen is to bring that in, because that’s our symbol. All for – express yourself. That’s what’s so great. That’s what everybody does. But no chance when it comes to the flag and anthem, no chance.”
“I’ve had a number of people come to me, yes. Quite honestly I woke up this morning – yeah I didn’t realize because I don’t listen or read any of your stuff or pay too much attention to it because I’m locked in here, but yeah when I woke up and had my phone – so some players have come to me and yeah – I’m not backing off I’ll tell you right now. And try to understand me. I’m not criticizing anybody for stepping up and putting their thoughts out there about things and I am not – I am the furthest thing away from being anything political. No chance I’m involved in that stuff. This is your anthem this is your flag and that shouldn’t come into play for a second. It is – not what these people do.”
When Columbus defenseman Seth Jones, who is black, was asked about Tortorella’s stance he responded, “I have no problem with that. I’m sure none of the guys do either.”
Do you agree with Tortorella or think he should be fired for requiring Team USA players to support the USA?