At long last, one professional sports league gets it. The National Hockey League is thinking about discontinuing pride night events, due to the increasing number of team and individual opt-outs.
Commissioner Gary Bettman (appearing in photo) indicated the NHL may reevaluate the future of taking a knee to LGBTQABCD pressure groups and team sponsorship of pride events.
"This is the first time we've experienced that, and I think it's something that we're going to have to evaluate in the offseason," Bettman said. "This is one issue where players, for a variety of reasons, may not feel comfortable wearing the uniform as a form of endorsement."
The NHL was the last of the four major North American leagues to start schmoozing the alphabet mob. Dropping pride night would be unthinkable for the woke NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.
Hockey players and three teams this season said “no thanks” to helping spread pride propaganda. For some, it was a matter of upholding their religious beliefs. For Russian players, it was due to their nation’s refusal to celebrate rainbow nonsense and the fear that family members back home could be punished by the government for their decision to wear pride-themed uniforms.
The league will evaluate the growing backlash in the coming offseason. “But I think that’s become more of a distraction now because the substance of what our teams and we have been doing and stand for is really being pushed to the side for what is a handful of players basically have made personal decisions, and you have to respect that as well,” Commissioner Bettman commented.
Teams electing to opt out of wearing pride jerseys include the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers.
The Black Hawks noted three Russian team members could face legal consequences with their homeland for flashing the rainbow. A statement by the Rangers said “we support everyone's individual right to respectfully express their beliefs."
Among the individuals resisting the LGBTQABCD fascists were San Jose’s James Reimer and Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov, for religious reasons, and Buffalo’s Ilya Lyubushkin, due to a Russian law disallowing the spreading of LGBTQ propaganda.
The commissioner bravely defended those who resisted the LGBTQABCD mob, which has canceled people and threatened the careers of resisters.
Left of center media do not share that respect. Sports Illustrated and The Athletic trashed the Rangers, accused them of "bungling" pride night and warned that any "retreat on Pride Night" would send a "somber message to younger, closeted players."
By standing firmly on their beliefs, the NHL players and teams proved that courageous stands can achieve positive results, namely the right to live out one’s faith and preserve freedom of conscience. Such values are in short supply in these troubling times.