It looks like at least ONE Sport has learned a lesson from the ‘Kaepernick’ drama.
While rumors were circulating about Basketball’s Golden State Warriors ‘unanimously voting’ not to accept a White House Vist, Hockey’s championship team left no ambiguity.
Here was the disclaimer given in which the Basketball story was shown to be untrue:
Per multiple NBA sources, reports right now on Warriors not going to White House are untrue; team hasn't received invitation or discussed.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) June 13, 2017
Pretty generic and noncommittal, right? Maybe we would maybe we wouldn’t. We haven’t discussed it yet.
Hockey’s championship team, however, had something DIFFERENT to say.
NHL Stanley Cup champions decided to send a loud and clear message about visiting Trump’s white house even if they have not been invited yet.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins would never turn down a visit to the White House and, if invited, we would go as a team,” Penguins CEO/team president David Morehouse said in a prepared statement Tuesday.
“We respect the office of the presidency of the United States and what it stands for,” he said. “Any opposition or disagreement with a president’s policies, or agenda, can be expressed in other ways.” — read more
The Kapernick lesson was not lost on them.
Looks like they’ve figured out that pissing off half the country — and half of their fans — is a bad idea.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen hockey’s love for the Red, White and Blue.
One coach told his players they’d be benched if they pulled a Kaepernick stunt.
And a stadium full of Hockey Fans IN CANADA belted out the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner when the performer’s mic cut out.
How’s that compare to the tepid answer of the winning Basketball team:
“Today is about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions, when and if necessary,” the team said in a statement. –read more
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