On Wednesday night, NHL Network analyst EJ Hradek appeared on “NHL Now!” and commented that the Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov he should “Get on a plane” and “get involved” in the war in Ukraine, all because he didn’t wear a Pride Night T-shirt.
Hradek appeared on Thursday’s edition of “NHL Now” and did not address his comments at all during the two-hour show.
Earlier in the day, OutKick reached out to the NHL Network via email, phone, and social media and received no response.
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Provorov cited his Russian Orthodox religion for opting out of Flyers’ Pride Night pregame warmups. “My choice is to be true to myself and my religion. That’s all I’m going to say,” he said.
Before Thursday’s show, viewers took to Twitter to demand that Hradek apologize for his comments. Some even did so by responding to a completely unrelated video celebrating Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos’ 500th career goal.
Is there some precedent for this type of situation; one in which an announcer says something that a part of the audience finds questionable. Usually what follows is an apology or they are shown the door.
The only big difference between them and Hradek is that they are generally leftist people looking for an apology.
There have been many similar incidents for broadcasters that came into conflict with the Woke
Others have had to apologize or have lost jobs for statements not dissimilar to what Hredek said.
Take the play-for-play man from the former Sacramento King nap grant. She lost his job as the voice of the Kings after responding to a fan who asked his opinion on Black Lives Matter.
That cost him his job, and Napear is currently in the middle of a wrongful termination lawsuit with his former employer, Bonneville International.
Just a few weeks ago, NC State football and basketball announcer Gary Hahn was suspended after using the term “illegal alien.”
He served a suspension but was reinstated on January 14.
Even those who have tried to make a career of catering to the awakened have run into them and have had to self-flagellate for the mob’s pleasure.
ESPN’s Jalen Rose issued an awkward and chilling apology when he asked why the name of the Celtics employee who had been having an affair with then-head coach Ime Udoka was not made public.
Stephen A. dropped a couple of apologies in recent weeks
Speaking of ESPN, Stephen A. Smith has broadcast two Recent apologies for statements that aren’t even in the same zip code as Hradek’s scathing take on Provorov.
The first was when he used the word “homosexual.” If being banned is news to you, at least to the eyes of the awakened, apparently it is.
“I just wanted to address, at the beginning of the show when we were talking about Lamar Jackson, he should have uttered the word gay,” Smith trailed off. “The LGBTQ community prefers that over other words because obviously other words are thought to be derogatory in their eyes. So as a result of that, my apologies. I should have used the word gay.”
Like that Not too fond of an apology, Smith released another this week after saying Rihanna “isn’t Beyonce.”
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It sure seems as long as it’s not the left-wing mob demanding an apology, you’re free to go about your business as usual.