On Thursday, the jersey of National Hockey League player Ivan Provorov was sold out on multiple websites in men's sizes, following his decision not to participate in an LGBTQ event earlier in the week, citing religious reasons.
As of Thursday afternoon, the jersey of Ivan Provorov was not available in men's sizes on the Fanatics and NHL Shop websites, it could only be purchased in women's sizes. Other clothing items and custom-made jerseys were still available for purchase.
According to OutKick, men's jerseys for the player were only available in extra-small size on both Fanatics and NHL Shop websites. Both sites stated that the jerseys were "almost gone" and not available for purchase.
NHL player who refused to wear the pride rainbow Ivan Provorov had his jerseys completely sell out on NHL Shop and Fanatic.
America hates wokeness.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 19, 2023
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers had planned to wear special jerseys for their pre-game warm-up, in recognition of the team's Pride Night event. Ivan Provorov was criticized for not participating in the warm-ups and later explained his decision was based on his Russian Orthodox faith.
“I respect everybody and I respect everybody’s choices,” Provorov said following the game. “My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion. That’s all I’m going to say. … That’s all I’m going to comment on that. If you have any hockey questions, I’ll answer those.”
A spokesperson for the Flyers put out a statement after the game: “The Philadelphia Flyers organization is committed to inclusivity and is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community. Many of our players are active in their support of local LGBTQ+ organizations, and we were proud to host our annual Pride Night again this year. The Flyers will continue to be strong advocates for inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ community.”
John Tortorella, the head coach of the Flyers, also commented on the situation and came out in defense of the player.
“I think the organization has sent out a release regarding the organization, the beliefs that we have and how we feel about [Pride Night] and, really, a great night,” Tortorella said. “With Provy, he’s being true to himself and his religion. This has to do with his belief and his religion. It’s one thing I respect about Provy, he’s always true to himself. That’s where we’re at with that.”
“Why would I bench him? Because of a decision he’s making on his beliefs and his religion?” Tortorella continued. “It turned out to be a great night for Pride night.”
“I think it was a great night in celebrating,” Tortorella said. “The organization has put out a statement. I’m not going to get too deep into the conversation. Those are the comments as far as Provy. We talked as a team and with Provy, and that’s where we’re at.”
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