Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov refuses to put on Delight-themed warmup jerseys and boycotts pre-game skate as he cites Russian Orthodox beliefs for his choice and divides hockey followers
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov boycotted Tuesday’s pre-game skate after refusing to put on a Delight-themed warmup jersey. The 26-year-old cited his Russian Orthodox religion for the choice, which has left hockey followers divided.
Provorov mentioned, ‘I respect everybody’s selection. ‘My selection is to be true to myself and my faith. That is all I will say.’
He didn’t reply any follow-up questions on his choice.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov boycotted Tuesday’s pre-game skate after refusing to put on a Delight-themed warmup jersey. The 26-year-old cited his Russian Orthodox religion for the choice, which has left hockey followers divided
The hockey world was shortly divided over Provorov’s choice and post-game commentary.
Coach John Tortorella defended Provorov, saying the Russian defender was “true to himself and his faith.”
“That is one factor I respect about Provi, he is at all times stayed true to himself,” Tortorella mentioned.
However some distinguished media members attacked Provorov for his choice and the reasoning behind it.
‘However Provorov clearly ‘does not respect everybody,'” TSN’s Pierre Lebrun tweeted. ‘If he revered everybody, he would have taken half within the warm-up and worn the Delight Night time jersey. Do not disguise behind faith.
SB Nation’s NHL editor Steph Driver reported that the Wells Fargo Heart, house of the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, was the primary to threaten ejection for followers utilizing homophobic slurs.
‘Ivan Provorov was allowed to play in a recreation for the Philadelphia Flyers—the group that was the primary to say you would be ejected from the world in the event you utter a homophobic slur—by sporting the Delight brand to heat up. After being denied,’ the driving force tweeted. ‘What an absolute shame.’
However many followers supported Provorov.
One supporter tweeted, “Love her braveness and her proper to face up for what she believes in.” ‘I can not await the day when it will get cycled round the place it is the favored selection versus at this time it’s important to agree with what others imagine. He rightly mentioned, he respects everybody, however believes in a different way.