If any of the hockey players on Team USA plan on sitting during the National Anthem, they’ll also be sitting during the game.
John Totorella, Team USA’s hockey coach for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, apparently does not agree with what Colin Kaepernick has been doing regarding our country’s National Anthem. This week, in an interview with ESPN’s Linda Cohn, Totorella made it clear that any player who attempts to side with Kaepernick will not be playing in his team’s contest. Kaepernick has been sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem the past few weeks in protest.
When I asked Team USA coach John Tortorella about Kaepernick protest he told me “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.”
There have been other athletes who have support Kaepernick’s movement. Just this morning, Milwaukee Bucks star Jabari Parker posted a photo of himself wearing a Kaepernick jersey.
Will any player test Totorella’s policy? Probably not, but it’d certainly be a big story if it happened.