Fans sold out all Provorov’s jerseys in the NHL online store after the LGBT scandal
MOSCOW, 20 Jan – Fans sold out all the jerseys of the Russian defender of the Philadelphia Flyers Ivan Provorov in the official online store of the National Hockey League (NHL) after he refused to participate in the action in support of LGBT people.
At the moment, the NHL online store sells only women’s jerseys with the name Provorov, as well as non-playing jerseys and black sweatshirts with his name and number. All men’s play sweaters in different sizes were sold out.
On Tuesday, Provorov missed the roll-out before the game with “Anaheim”, but took part in the match and helped the “pilots” to win (5:2). Philadelphia head coach John Tortorella said that Provorov’s absence from the pre-match reel was due to the player’s refusal to wear a special sweater with pro-LGBT symbols. Provorov himself emphasized that his refusal to wear a jersey with logos of sexual minorities is not an insult to representatives of these communities, and explained his position with religious considerations.
After the match with Anaheim, Tortorella said he respected Provorov’s decision and saw no reason to put the defender on the bench because of his refusal to wear a sweater in support of LGBT. After this incident, Provorov was forced to turn off the ability to comment on his posts on Instagram (the activities of Meta (social networks Facebook and Instagram) are banned in Russia as extremist) due to harassment. On Thursday, the Russian’s act was praised by Fox News TV presenter Tucker Carlson, who called Provorov a hero on the channel’s air.