Sid Seixeiro, a Canadian based broadcaster for Breakfast Television, took time during a segment discussing the recent reaction to Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Ivan Provorov refusal to wear a LGBTQ+ themed Pride jersey, to verbally attack the Russian Orthodox player as well as religious individuals who don’t bend the knee to the LGBTQ+ agenda.
The situation occurred earlier this week when the press noticed that unlike other members of the team, Provorov did not wear the Pride Night warmup jersey featuring the LGBTQ+ rainbow. The hockey player cited his traditional Russian Orthodox beliefs as his reason for abstaining from endorsing a lifestyle that is contradictory to his faith.
“I respect everybody. I respect everybody’s choices,” said Provorov. “My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.”
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Provorov received public support for his choice not to take part from Flyers head coach John Tortorella.
“With Provy [Provorov], he’s being true to himself and his religion,” Tortorella said when asked about the situation by members of the media. “This has to do with his belief and his religion. It’s one thing I respect about Provy is he is always true to himself.”
Torts says Provy didn’t take warmups because he was against Pride Night. He didn’t consider benching him. #Flyers pic.twitter.com/UlWUwQkuf9
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 18, 2023
During the on-air segment discussing the Pride Night controversy, Seixeiro began to rant and even go onto say that the NHL should lay punitive actions on the Philadelphia Flyers as a whole for violating the “rights” of LGBTQ+ people.
“John Tortorella, many years ago, when racial injustice — and it still is to this day — when Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling during national anthems, said anyone who does that on my team is going to sit. And he has a son who is an Army Ranger. So it’s not like Tortorella in the past hasn’t spoken on sensitive issues,” said Seixeiro.
“The theme from the National Hockey League is ‘Hockey is for everyone,’ okay,” he continued. “The theme is not, ‘Hockey is for everyone… unless you don’t believe in gay rights, then do whatever you want.’ If the National Hockey League’s gonna do this, if any league’s gonna do this, do it properly, or reevaluate what you’re doing, because there’s not a lot of repercussions that I’m seeing from any league.”
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov didn’t take part in the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” pregame warmups – where players wore Pride-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape – citing his religion as the reason. @sid_seixeiro shares his thoughts ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/8c7XnP2FYJ
— Breakfast Television (@breakfasttv) January 18, 2023
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From there, Seixeiro escalated things by stating that the NHL should directly target Provorov to make an example out of him.
“I think you fine the Flyers a million dollars for this. I’m not kidding. Figure this out and stop offending people on nights where it’s not about that. It’s supposed to be about inclusivity. The National Hockey League need to attack this and figure this out, because what I heard last night was offensive and didn’t make any sense,” he said.
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After attempting to compare LGBTQ+ Pride nights to Military Appreciation nights, Sexeiro declared, “I just think the NHL has to do something here. This is not good enough. This is not good enough. ‘Hockey is for everyone… unless you don’t agree with gay rights’ is not the phrasing of this. You’re either in this, or you’re not.”
He didn’t stop there though, he then turned his disdain to religious people and seemingly Christians as a whole.
“Nothing scares me more than any human being who says ‘I’m not doing this because of my religious beliefs,’ because when you’ve looked in people’s lives who normally say that publicly, you’d throw up at what you saw. You would throw up at what you saw. And I’ve seen that a million times in a lot of different ways. So don’t give me that, with respect, don’t give me that, cause no one’s perfect. Don’t feed me the religious beliefs line, and all of a sudden the NHL’s gonna back off this,” he said.
Sexeiro then reiterated his call to fine the Flyers organization, “The NHL today needs to fine that organization $1 million and reevaluate how they support gay rights because that is insulting. That is the number one trending topic in Canada. That is insulting what happened in Philadelphia.
And if the NHL is serious about this — they say they are — we’ll see how serious they are today. But that whole thing was mishandled. Part of me couldn’t believe it, part of me could considering how the NHL sometimes handles things,” he concluded.
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