Watch: NHL Player Defies Woke Mob, Refuses to Don ‘Pride’ Jersey

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It’s hardly a brave stand for LGBT rights to make an entire team wear a jersey symbolizing gay pride. In fact, it’s the exact opposite of progressive bravery: It’s woke conformity.

However, amid yet another pro forma display of corporate wokeitude, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov showed a rare moment of actual conviction: He refused to wear the uniform.

According to ESPN, Provorov declined to come out for the pregame warm-up during a Tuesday night NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks because he felt he could not, in good conscience, wear the Flyers’ “Pride Night” warmup jersey.

“Before the game, the Flyers wore Pride-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow tape, both of which are being auctioned off by Flyers Charities with proceeds going toward their efforts to grow the game in diverse communities,” ESPN reported.

Provorov, who is a Russian Orthodox Christian, said he made the decision “to stay true to myself and my religion.”

“I respect everybody and I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion,” he told reporters.

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