U.S. hockey coach says he’ll bench any player who doesn’t stand for anthem

by Tommy Chalk - The Washington Times  |  published on September 7, 2016

John Tortorella, who will be the head coach of Team USA for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, won’t be having any Colin Kaepernicks on his team.

When asked what his response would be if one of his players opted to sit or kneel in an act of protest during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Tortorella had a blunt answer.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” Tortorella told ESPN’s Linda Cohn.

Since Kaepernick has begun refusing to stand for the national anthem as an act of protest against racial injustice in America, much debate has circulated all around the sports world as to whether or not the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s refusal is a sign of national disrespect. Some have supported Kaepernick, but some simply do not respect Kaepernick’s form of protest.

The question is even more pertinent for teams taking part in international competitions, where they are literally representing their countries but also have a chance to mimic Kaepernick’s method of expressing their beliefs.

  • Chandler

    Thank you Tortorella for standing up for America very Patriotic.
    We stand with your decision gladly.

  • Ken says

    Bench the bum – since his playing ability is so marginal – drop him from the roster. The team management and the NFL have their nose in every aspect of a players life but don’t have the balls to act on this disgraceful act. Our family will not watch any NFL games as long as they condone this kind of disrespect for our Country. There are so many good college teams playing and all the soccer games available – who needs them?

  • Walter Flatt

    HE SHOULD GO ONE STEP FURTHER, AND CUT THEM OFF THE TEAM AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE A PART OF ANY SPORT AGAIN.

    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET 51/53, A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT AND A CHRISTIAN, BUT NOT A ZOMBI, ONE THAT PULLS A STRAIGHT TICKET.

    THE GOVERNMENT PASSED A LAW IN 1952 BARRING ALL MUSLIMS, NONE IS HERE LEGALLY AND THAT INCLUDE OBAMA A PROFESSED MUSLIM.

    I BELIEVE THIS ADMINISTRATION FUNDED BY SOROS, INCLUDING HILLIARY IS OUT TO TURN THIS COUNTRY INTO A MUSLIM COUNTRY.

    IS HILLIARY ON DOPE? GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, NO AMERICAN, REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, INDEPENDENT, CHRISTIAN, COP, VETERN, SOLDIER, HOW COULD Y0U POSSIBLE THINK SHE WOULD BE BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY.

    HAS HILLARY AND OBAMA, KERRY, SOROS, AND THE BIASED MEDIA, SET THE USA UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION? IF NOT, YOU SHOULD READ THE WHYS BELOW AND DECIDE YOURSELF.

    COAT YOUR BULLETS WITH PIG GREASE OR BLOOD AND LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT ANY MUSLIM KILLED WILL BE BURIED WITH PIG PARTS.

    WHY WAS OBAMA ALLOWED TO SWEAR IN CAROLYN WALKER IN AS JUDGE IN THE 7TH MUNICIPAL DISTRICT IN BROOKLING USING THE QURAN. SHE SHOULD BE RECALLED IMMEDIATELLY.

    WHY ARE THEIR 5 MUSLIM CAMPS ONE AT FAIRFAX, FALLS CH, RED HOUSE, MEHERRIN, BETHANY VA. ARE THEY TO INVADE WASH.DC? YOU SHOULD FIND OUT.

    WHY IS THE TAX PAYER FORCED TO FEED AND CLOTH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO KILL US.

    IF YOU WANT A LIST OF THE TOWNS THEY ARE CLOSE TO, CONTACT ME.

    SINCE OUR TROOPS ARE NOT ARMED, YOU CAN TAKE 100 WELL ARMED PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL US & TAKE ANY MILITARY BASE IN THIS COUNTRY.

    BETTER WAKE UP & ALLOW OUR TROOPS TO CARRY LOADED GUNS. TODAY OUR CAMPS ARE A FREE KILLING ZONE.

    WHY DO YOU THINK THE MUSLIM MAJOR KILLED SO MANY IN TEXAS & HE IS STILL LIVING???.WHY?

    I CALLED AND VERIFIED THE MUSLIM CAMP CLOSE TO FT. CAMPBELL & A LADY VERIFIED THE FEMA CAMP WITH ARMED GUARDS IN EAST KY. AND THE ONE IN SHAWNEE NATIONAL FORREST IN SOUTHERN ILL. FOR GODS SAKE AND OUR COUNTRY WAKE UP.

    WHY GIVE 5 TERRIOSTS FOR ONE TRAITOR. FOLKS IT GOES ON & ON, WAKE UP AMERICA.

    WHY GIVE 150 BILLION AND ANOTHER 400 MILLION TO IRAN TO FUND A HYDROGEN BOMB, AND TERRIOST?

    WHY STOP THE SHIPMENT OF PLANES & TANKS TO EGYPT WHEN THEIR ARMY KICKED THE RADICALS OUT. I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF WHYS, AND THERE ARE MORE, SUCH AS,

    WHY IS OBAMA & HILLARY TRYING TO BRING IN 160 THOUSAND MUSLIMS?

    WHY TRY AND TAKE OUR GUNS

    WHY DID THEY TRY & BUY UP ALL AMM0

    WHY HAS OUR GOVERNMENT BUILT A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, SOME MORE THAN ONE. IS IT TO HOUSE MUSLIMS FOR THE TAX PAYER TO FEED?

    WHY HAS THIS GOVERNMENT ALLOWED 35 MUSLIM CAMPS HERE IN THE USA & ONE 9 MILES OVER IN MEXICO, FIVE ARE IN NORTH VIRGINIA. COULD IT BE TO TAKE WASHINGTON?

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES. COULD THIS BE THE REASON THEY WANT OPEN BORDERS. IS SHE ON DOPE? HOW CAN ANY CHRISTIAN, VET OR COP VOTE FOR ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

    VOTE DONALD TRUMP, NOT ONLY VOTE BUT GET OUT AND WORK FOR HIM TO STOP THIS INSANE DESTROYING OF AMERICA AND PRAY HE IS NOT SHOT.

    • Bonnie Schulte

      People MUST wake up and see the writing on the wall, for God’s sake!
      Trump MUST be president, or good bye America..

      • Chandler

        If he isn’t we will continue to decline and be taken over.

    • Chandler

      That would be the right thing to do. This Country has become week and pathetically non patriotic.

  • Smart Southerner

    Kapperdick turned Muslim. Enough said!

    • plum82

      YEP…………

    • Chandler

      What makes me sick is some stupid people helped him in his time of need and that is the gratitude he gives the them, being a racist.
      He is a millionaire several times over.
      Hope he looses everything he has, and has to live like most of us do. You people do know that all he is is a game player?
      For football is nothing but a game with oversized and overpaid boys.
      What pisses me off is the fans and how they make a hero out of a grown man that plays games.

  • Holy Joe

    Apparently he wants a transfer to a N.Y. Team to be with his Muslim Fiancé.
    Does Ultima Thule have a Team ?

    • plum82

      yeah………..team bullshit……….

  • itsfun

    Outstanding. I may have to respect the view of a second or third string quarterback, but I don’t have to respect the jerk.

  • TexRancher

    Excellent. He has the right as do the players to act on his beliefs! Showing disrespect for this country and its flag do not belong in sports!

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