U.S. World Cup hockey coach John Tortorella takes strong stance on anthem support
4E Sports Staff
Columbus, OH, United States (NewsBahn) – U.S. World Cup hockey coach John Tortorella has taken a strong stance on support of the national anthem among his players.
He told ESPN that “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.”
The controversial issue came up when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently took the bench during the playing of the anthem during a preseason game. He indicated he’ll continue to do so during regular season play, as well.
“Listen,” he told reporters. “We’re in a great country because we can express ourselves. And I am not against expressing yourselves. That’s what’s great about our country. We can do that. But when there are men and women that give their lives for their flag, for their anthem, have given their lives, continue to put themselves on the line with our services for our flag, for our anthem, families that have been disrupted, traumatic physical injuries, traumatic mental injuries for these people that give us the opportunity to do the things we want to do, there’s no chance an anthem and a flag should come into any type of situation where you’re trying to make a point.
“It is probably the most disrespectful thing you can do as a U.S. citizen is to bring that in. Because that’s our symbol. All for [expressing] yourself. That’s what’s so great. Everybody does. But no chance when it comes to the flag and the anthem. No chance.”
Tortorella also coaches the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.