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Flyers’ Ivan Provorov Draws Mixed Responses with Choice

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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov created a controversy by deciding not to participate in Tuesday’s pre-game warmups, during which his teammates wore Pride Night jerseys to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Provorov did play, however, in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 5-2 win over visiting Anaheim.

After the game, Provorov cited his religious beliefs for not taking part in warmups. The Flyers wore Pride-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape.

Provorov, 26, who is Russian Orthodox, said it was “my choice to stay true to myself and my religion.”

He added that “I respect everybody and respect everybody’s choices.”

Also, in a tweet last night, I mentioned that Flyers coach John Tortorella said Provorov didn’t take warmups because he was against Pride Night. I should have said he strongly implied that.

Provorov’s decision was met with both praise and criticism.

 

The criticism:

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