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Look: NHL Player Makes Controversial Pride Night Decision

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On Tuesday night, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov made a decision that had the sports world talking.

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He did not take part in the pregame skate because he refused to wear the team's LGBTQ+ Pride Night warmup jersey. The Flyers wore Pride-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow tape which are being auctioned off by Flyers Charities.

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The Russian national cited his religious beliefs as the reason for not taking part. Following the team's 5-2 home win over the Anaheim Ducks, Provorov said it was his choice "to stay true to myself and my religion."

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However, he went on to suggest he respects others beliefs. "I respect everyone. I respect everybody's choices," he said.

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Head coach John Tortorella stood by his player and the decision to play him afterward.

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"With Provy, he's being true to himself and to his religion," the first-year Flyers coach said. "This has to do with his belief and his religion. It's one thing I respect about Provy: He's always true to himself. That's where we're at with that."

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This likely isn't the last we've heard of this story.