NHL star and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provonov refused to participate in pre-game Pride festivities and now his jersey is selling out online. This week, prior to the Anaheim vs. Philadelphia matchup, players were given the choice to participate in pre-game warmups wearing Pride-themed jerseys and sticks. Provonov chose not to participate. “I respect everyone,” he said after the game versus the Anaheim Ducks. “I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.” When asked what religion, he replied, “Russian Orthodox, ” (A part of the Christian church).
Provonov was subsequently blasted by liberal media outlets for his stance. But now the story has taken a different twist and the message could not be clearer – stop pushing a liberal, political, anti-family agenda on the American people – no one wants to hear it and especially during a sporting event!
Ivan Provorov’s jersey is now completely sold out on NHL Shop and Fanatics with the exception of extra smalls. pic.twitter.com/qEb3qF0IIN
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 19, 2023
Turns out, the silent majority of Americans and Canadians stand with a player like Provonov, who held to his conviction and didn’t buckle under the liberal pressure.
The National Review seems to have hit this one square in the face when they wrote, “It’s a curious test of strength that has to be performed every few months. It’s practically a ritual. Progressives in some institution demand some kind of positive affirmation for homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism — and whatever else is grouped under the appended plus sign. Then they see if there is any religious person willing to resist them. Then the occasion becomes a test to see if the religious person says anything really racy, has some kind of lifestyle hypocrisy that would be fun to expose, or has a weakness of will. Progressives test how much institutional, legal, and mob pressure can be brought to bear, and how much backlash it all generates. Under the guise of seeking to see if prejudice has been eliminated, the true desire expressed in this ritual is to see if this clash can be brought to a really dramatic blowup that settles terms once and for all.”