Blue Jackets Coach, John Tortorella, Says He Will Not Bench Players for Anthem Protests Anymore

Blue Jackets Coach, John Tortorella, Says He Will Not Bench Players for Anthem Protests Anymore

Coach John Tortorella has lifted his ban on protesting systemic racism during the United States National Anthem after 4 years. Tortorella has been the head coach for the Colombus Blue Jackets since 2015, but he also coached the US Men’s National Hockey Team during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Following Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 anthem protests, Coach John Tortorella stated, “If any of my players sit on the bench during the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.”

View this post on Instagram

More hugs coming 🔜 #CBJ

A post shared by Columbus Blue Jackets (@bluejacketsnhl) on

Coach Tortorella gave these comments while he was coaching the Men’s National Team back in 2016. Tortorella is believed to have said these comments because he believed these protests insulted United States Troops. On top of that, Tortorella’s son Nick is an army ranger. 

RELATED: Which Bottom Third Team Has the Best Chance of Winning the Stanley Cup?

Four years later, however, Tortorella has seemed to change his tune. Tortorella’s explained his change of policy by remarking, “The World Cup is a little bit of a different story. That’s playing for your country. But that isn’t now.” 

John Tortorella also remarked regarding his players wanting to protest in the future, “I would hope that if one of my players wanted to protest during the anthem, he would bring it to me and we would talk about it, tell me his thoughts and what he wanted to do. From there, we would bring it to the team to discuss it, much like it’s being discussed in our country right now.”

Tortorella ended his statement with a call to action, saying, “How can we rectify some of these problems?”

It may have taken four years and an international movement to end racial injustice and systemic racism, but it seems that NHL coach John Tortorella has seen the error in his ways and will be more cognizant of his actions in the future.

About At The Buzzer

At The Buzzer, or ATB, is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run of the mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes. The stuff you don’t see during the 48 minutes of an NBA game or the 60 minutes of an NFL game. We let you know what’s going on in the lives of your favorite athletes. From big life moments like becoming a mother or a father to highlighting personal videos of them raising their little ones, At The Buzzer is the place you go when you want to relate to the athlete you root for on a daily basis. If you're interested in how Russell Wilson juggles being one of the best quarterbacks in the league while also being a doting husband and father-of-three, we got you covered. Interested in seeing a video of Iman Shupert's three-month-old baby speaking her first words, we have that here at ATB. Or would you rather watch Tiger Woods' son growing up and following in his father's footsteps, don't worry, we can show you that too. At The Buzzer is so much more than sports. It's relatable, reliable, and ready to show you a side of sports you didn't know existed. Our goal at ATB is to bring you relatable, entertaining news that will leave you feeling closer and more informed about the people you are looking up to and rooting for. Sports are more than just a group of organizations that entertain you, it's about the people who make up those organizations and the stories of how they became the people they are today. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.

%d bloggers like this: