I was counting down the days before someone in the hockey world spoke up on the Colin Kaepernik situation. The perfect candidate has finally opened his mouth and boy does John Tortorella have some refreshing views on this situation.
Damn, and here I was hoping to hear from Don Cherry.
“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” said Torts, who will be behind the bench for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.
Tortorella has a son currently serving overseas with the US Army.
We’re all entitled to our own opinions, freedom of speech is a luxury we can afford in a free society. That is of course until your speech is something that Torts disagrees with.
Does he think his opinion is more valuable than his players? Sorry John, it’s not.
What Tortorella is saying is that his players life experience counts for nothing. How he sees the flag, or feels about The Star Spangled Banner is irrelevant, because to Torts the flag and anthem are untouchable holy items.
What if there was a black player on the Blue Jackets this season and he chose to sit during the anthem? Is his experience as a black man in America not relevant? Tortorella has a the “my kid is in the military” ace up his sleeve does that overrule all else?
Sure he may not be a starter, but Kaepernik has a huge platform to express his views. He didn’t run out into the middle of the field and knock the microphone out of the performer’s hand, he simply refused to stand up during a song which in his mind does not represent a free America for all.
Do you dust the doritos off your chest and stand up at home every time you hear the anthem?
I didn’t think so.