NHL Team Ditches Pride-Themed Jerseys, Fears For Russian Players’ Safety | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Virginia Kruta.

    The Chicago Blackhawks will not take the ice for Sunday's warm-ups wearing pride-themed jerseys, team sources told The Athletic.

    The decision, according to a report published Wednesday by the outlet, was made by team officials in the "front office" rather than by the players themselves - but the stated goal was to ensure the safety of several players who have deep ties to Russia.

    At issue is a new law signed in December by Russian President Vladimir Putin - which bans all "LGBTQ propaganda" and prohibits Russian citizens from promoting or sharing information about homosexuality, whether that be on television, in books, in advertising, online, or in public. It expands a previous law that banned expressing or demonstrating LGBTQ behavior in front of children.

    The official punishment for those found in violation of this law is a fine, but officials within the Blackhawks organization opted to nix the Pride-themed wear just to stay on the safe side. Three of the team's players have some ties to the embattled nation: Defenseman Nikita Zaitsev was born in Moscow, but Goalie Anton Khudobin (who is from Kazakhstan) and Swiss-born forward Philip Kurashev both have direct ties to Russia or family members still living there.

    The Chicago Gay Hockey Association released a statement calling the decision "disappointing" but said that it would not deter the organization in its work to make hockey a "more inclusive" place.

    Outsports panned the decision as a copout and "another black eye for NHL PRIDE nights," quoting several who had tweeted about the fact that the Blackhawks had displayed Ukraine's flag during a game just one year earlier.

    "So the Ukraine support was okay but the #PrideNight was a bridge too far?" one tweet said. "Yea I'm not buying this form (sic) the #Blackhawks Just scratch the Russian players if they are tanking anyways."

    Other organizations that plan to forgo the Pride-themed jerseys include the Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild, and the New York Rangers.

It has been far too many years since the Woke theology interlaced its canons within the fabric of the Indoctrination Realm, so it is nigh time to ask: Does this Representative Republic continue, as a functioning society of a self-governed people, by contending with the unusual, self absorbed dictates of the Woke, and their vast array of Victimhood scenarios?
  Yes, the Religion of Woke must continue; there are so many groups of underprivileged, underserved, a direct result of unrelenting Inequity; they deserve everything.
  No; the Woke fools must be toppled from their self-anointed pedestal; a functioning society of a good Constitutional people cannot withstand this level of "existential" favoritism as it exists now.
  I just observe; with this thoughtful observation: What will happen "when the Vikings are breeching our walls;" how do the Woke react?
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