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There was failed NFL player Colin Kaepernick, originator of the anti-anthem kneeling protest, convincing shoemaker Nike to dump a special line of shoes with the Betsy Ross flag, charging the Revolutionary War-era banner is racist.
Then there was women’s World Cup soccer player Megan Rapinoe, who mirrored Kaepernick’s disrespect for the anthem and belittled the president of the United States.
However, there’s at least one athletic team that likely won’t display such behavior.
Warning: objectionable language in this clip:
Coach tells players if you’re going to disrespect the national anthem, get the f*ck out pic.twitter.com/YT7IXa7yVO
— Wojciech Pawelczyk 🇵🇱🇺🇸 (@PolishPatriotTM) July 8, 2019
BizPacReview reported a viral video shows an unidentified hockey coach informing his team of where he stands regarding respect for the national anthem, be it that of the United States or of Canada.
Referencing both the NFL and soccer controversies, he told players if they planned to be disrespectful, to “grab your gear and get the f*** out now.”
“We’re not women’s soccer. We’re not the NFL,” the coach said. “If there’s anybody here who is going to be disrespectful to either the American or the Canadian national anthem, grab your gear … because you’ll never see the ice in this arena.”
He added: “We don’t have that problem in hockey, we’re better than that but there was no sense in wasting anybody’s time if that s*** was going to happen.”
On Twitter, Joe Kersey commented, “You’ve given me a reason to become a hockey fan.”
And Glenn M. Moran Jr., simply said, “Coach of the year.”
BPR noted the trend of disrespecting the national anthem began with Kaepernick, who claimed he was protesting police brutality and racial oppression, “but his recent instruction to Nike to pull a sneaker featuring a Betsy Ross flag proved that it was the American flag all along that he was opposing.”
The video, which has nearly 700,000 views since being posted Monday, appears to be of a junior level hockey coach.