September 07, 2016

Team USA Hockey coach John Tortorella says he will bench players who don't stand up during the national anthem

StaffRebel Columnist

Say what you will about John Tortorella, but the man is clearly passionate, both about the sport and his country.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets coach told ESPN that when the anthem plays at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, any player attempting to 'stand' or 'sit' with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest will not be playing.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” he said.

It only makes sense, especially in an international event such as this where players are competing on behalf of their country. There is an element of pride on the line.

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commented 2016-09-08 17:10:30 -0400
Well, that’s just fine – he’s the coach, and he can make the rules.

And I’ll go on to say that Kipperdick’s reasoning is definitely childish and probably contrived. But at some point all people with conscience may have to make a decision about whether their country is worthy of support any more.

There are those who say that we should stand for a flag or an anthem for no other reason than it pays homage to the sacrifices of previous generations – but if this was true, and those noble sacrifices and deprivations were a valid reason, would it not be a smear to their memory if we stood while under the thumb and heel of a government that routinely pissed on every principle our predecessors fought for?
commented 2016-09-07 18:48:02 -0400
Right on Torts. If you have ever seen this guy talking to the press you would know he would have SJW pansies crying and slitting their wrists in mere moments.