VANCOUVER, BC – APRIL 13: Head coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks reflects on a question during his post-game press conference after defeating the Calgary Flames 5-1 in NHL action on April 13, 2014 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

John Tortorella would bench players if they protested the anthem

John Tortorella has made a career flapping his mouth in the National Hockey League, so it was no surprise the boisterous Columbus Blue Jackets coach had an opinion on the Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy. Shocker, he wasn’t impressed.

For those living under a rock, Kaepernick, a backup QB with the San Francisco 49ers, silently protested the United States national anthem by sitting down this preseason, due to his belief America actively oppresses black people. Kaepernick’s stance is brave, but, tons of old school white guys didn’t approve or understand his actions. It’s been a hot-take-palooza since Kaepernick took a knee with constant criticism he’s disrespecting the country, the military and just about everyone.

[link_box id=”22277″ site_id=”17″ layout=”link-box-third” alignment=”alignright”]Count Torts among one of the offended parties. Speaking with SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn,  Tortorella admitted,  “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.”

In case you’re wondering, the NHL doesn’t have a formal policy in place regarding players boycotting the anthems.

Torts is a proud American. The Boston native is the head coach of team USA (and struggling) at the World Cup and has plenty experience coaching the States in international tournaments. But, being patriotic doesn’t mean he understands what it’s like to be black in the states. Kaepernick’s stance isn’t against the USA. He’s using his platform as an NFL players to take a stance against oppression. Kaepernick is exercising his freedom to protest under the constitution. Tortorella’s anti-Kaepernick comments are pathetic.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown was bang on with his assessment of the situation.

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