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The NHL president made a statement about the situation with Provorov’s refusal to support LGBT

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Moscow, January 20 – National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gary Pittman said Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov followed his convictions in his decision not to support LGBTQ+ organizations, urging the public to stop discussing the situation.
On Tuesday, Provorov missed the kick-off before the match with “Anaheim”, but took part in the match and helped the “aviators” win (5: 2). Philadelphia coach John Tortorella said Provorov’s absence from the pregame reel was due to the player’s refusal to wear a jacket with pro-LGBT symbols. Provorov himself emphasized that his refusal to wear a T-shirt with slogans of sexual minorities is not an insult to representatives of these communities, and explained his position by religious considerations.

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After the game with Anaheim, Tortorella said he respected Provorov’s decision and saw no reason to bench the defender due to his refusal to wear a pro-gay jacket. After this incident, Provorov had to stop being able to comment on his Instagram posts (Meta activities (social networks Facebook and Instagram) are banned in Russia as extremist) due to harassment. Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson on Thursday praised the Russian’s work, calling Provorov an on-air hero.

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