Watch viral video of a hockey coach giving his men a barn-burning locker room speech and telling them that hockey is a patriotic sport, and if they want to kneel for the anthem then they should “get the f**k out.”
The video shows the coach standing in the locker room as his players sit before their lockers. They sit in parts of their uniforms and pads and appear to be preparing for a game.
In the video, the coach lets the players know that hockey is the most patriotic sport of all of them, and there simply won’t be any players deciding not to stand for the national anthem.
There won’t be any Megan Rapinoes or Colin Kaepernicks on HIS team.
“We’re not women’s soccer. We’re not the NFL,” the coach said.
“If there’s anybody here who is going to be disrespectful to either the American or the Canadian national anthem, grab your gear and get the f*** out now because you’ll never see the ice in this arena.”
The coach continued…
“We don’t have that problem in hockey,” he said. “We’re better than that, but there was no sense in wasting anybody’s time if that s*** was going to happen.”
Coach tells players if you’re going to disrespect the national anthem, get the f*ck out pic.twitter.com/YT7IXa7yVO
— Wojciech Pawelczyk 🇵🇱🇺🇸 (@PolishPatriotTM) July 8, 2019
The coach sure is right. With supposed soccer “star” Megan Rapinoe dissing the U.S.A. while in France, and Colin Kaepernick claiming that the U.S. is irredeemably evil, and with U.S. soccer and the NFL bending over backward for these players and backing their play against the country, it is about time that at least one sport stood up for America.
This is not the first hockey coach who has talked about how patriotic the sport must be.
2016 Team USA World Cup hockey team Coach John Tortorella told his men that if they planned to show solidarity with Kaepernick, they better think again. If they try it, they will ride the bench, he said.
“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem,” Tortorella told ESPN, “they will sit there the rest of the game.”
Maybe we can have one sport that loves America… and if they don’t love America, at least they can just shut up and play hockey without turning every game into a platform for anti-American attacks.
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