NHL player Ivan Provorov’s refusal to wear a Pride Night jersey may have the radical left in an uproar but normal Americans have a whole different take on the player’s stance.
At least, that’s the indication one might get when learning that the Philadelphia Flyers player’s jersey is pretty much sold out.
Ivan Provorov’s jersey is now completely sold out on NHL Shop and Fanatics with the exception of extra smalls. pic.twitter.com/qEb3qF0IIN
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 19, 2023
Earlier this week, Provorov opted to quietly sit out pregame warmups featuring players wearing team jerseys with a rainbow color flag through the numbers.
The NHL’s slogan declares, “Hockey is for Everyone,” with the league stating that it seeks to use its global influence and the game of hockey “to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.” On that end, the Flyers hosted Pride Night on Tuesday.
Confronted about his decision after the game by liberal sports reporters, Provorov said, “I respect everybody, and I respect everybody’s choices, My choice is to stay true to myself and to my religion. That’s all I’m going to say.”
The cult-like reaction to this respectful stance included one analyst calling on Provorov to be sent back to his homeland of Russia to fight in the war against Ukraine.
NHL analyst says on the NHL Network! that if Philly Flyers Provorov doesn’t want to wear a pro-LBGTQ uniform he should leave America, go back to Russia, and fight in the war against Ukraine. The tolerant left! Holy shit: pic.twitter.com/wWLFBy2stC
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 19, 2023
At the same time, there was a groundswell of support for Provorov for staying true to his religion — support reflected in the sudden popularity of his jersey.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
NHL player who refused to wear the pride rainbow Ivan Provorov had his jerseys completely sell out on NHL Shop and Fanatic.
America hates wokeness.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 19, 2023
Imagine being afraid of people who just want to lead good clean lives and be left alone. ♂️
— American Baseball™️ (@americanbsbll) January 19, 2023
I get it but it does send them a message
— Washingtons ghost (@hartgoat) January 19, 2023
It’s amazing to see how many fans there are of REAL MEN standing up for what they believe in sans the whine of the leftist woke mob! pic.twitter.com/h1tGF6oDoc
— Maxim762 (@Maxim2066) January 19, 2023
I’m going to call this chapter “The Pendulum Swing.” It’s amazing so far.
— Joseph Pearl (@JosephPearl16) January 19, 2023
Kudos to Ivan Provorov for taking a stand like this! Who are we to judge his strong convictions? I hope more players (in all sports) stand up with him instead of going along with the crowd! Way to go Ivan!
— Greg Nies (@GregoryNies1) January 20, 2023
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