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Flyers’ Ivan Provorov refuses to wear Pride Night jersey, sits out warmups due to his religious beliefs

Flyers Ivan Provorov refuses to wear Pride Night jersey sits


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Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov did not participate in warmups on Tuesday night, one in which Flyers donned rainbow-themed sweaters in honor of the team’s Pride Night ahead of an eventual 5-2 win over the Ducks.

The Flyers changed into their standard orange-and-black sweaters after the warmups and Provorov did play in the actual game.

“I respect everybody, and I respect everybody’s choices,” Provorov told reporters after the game. “My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion. That’s all I’m gonna say.”

Provorov then identified himself as Russian Orthodox and later shut down a question as to whether he was concerned his skipping warmups would lead to him not playing in the game.

Flyers head coach John Tortorella addressed the situation postgame as well, saying he respects Provorov for being “true to himself.”

“I think the organization has sent out a release regarding the organization, the beliefs that we have, and how we feel about it, on a really great night. With Provy, he’s being true to himself and to his religion. This has to do with his belief and his religion. That’s one thing I respect about Provy — he’s always true to himself. So that’s where we’re at with that.”

Tortorella added that he did not consider scratching Provorov despite the player’s choice to miss warmups over the jersey and that Tuesday was “a great night in celebrating.”

Here is the Flyers’ statement Tortorella mentioned:

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