BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins photoshopped the police logo off Charlie Coyle’s shirt causing some controversy amid protests due to social injustice.
Turtle Boy Sports received notice from Boston Bruins President Cam Neely, admitting to and apologized for removing the police logo from Charlie Coyle’s shirt. The Bruins said they removed the logo to protect Coyle from “unfair criticism.”
“This was not meant as a sign of disrespect in any way,” “We are sorry that the logo was removed, and we apologize to the BPD and the player.”
The Bruins signature “B” in front of the “PD,” was meant as a symbol of the team’s association to the Boston Police Department.
Although the logo is removed Coyle’s shirt it can still be seen in an Instagram video.
Turtle Boy first reported the removal of the logo from the shirt last week. There was no comment from Charlie Coyle.
Outkick mentioned, the fear of “unfair criticism” did not impel the Bruins to remove all social justice logos and images from their players’ shirts. Other players are seen on Instagram posts with shirts with the words “ERACISM.”, “LISTEN. LEARN. CHANGE.”, and “END”
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The Bruins decided to remove the police logo because of massive social unrest ignited by angry demonstrators demanding that police departments budgets be slashed.
The National Hockey League (NHL) reported this is the first time they’ve seen some of their players take an active stance in protesting.
TB Daily News reported that Boston Bruins’ Vice President of Marketing Matt Churma was responsible for the poor photoshop work. They also reported that if the Bruins were concerned about criticism, they would not post things about the social issue of racism and black lives matter.
Matt Porter Boston Globe Bruins beat reporter said:
“Our coverage was quite clearly fabricated.”
He feels sorry for those who believe Turtle Boy. Now he looks like a fool – but we have yet to see an apology issued by him.
Turtle Boy Sports reported that the Boston Police Department hockey team works with the Boston Bruins to bring inner city youths from the Boy’s Club free admission to hockey games.
Many of the youths are African American and have never watched a hockey game before. The Boston Police Department and Boston Bruins have raised over $100,000 for several charitable organizations including Shriners.
The Boston Bruins released a statement prior to the photoshop job:
“Over the past several months we have been trying to educate ourselves and learn more about racial injustice in our country and around the world.
As a team we have decided to lock arms during the playing of the United States and Canadian Anthems as a sign of solidarity with the Black community.
This action is solely intended to be a positive sign of support for the Black community, and a way for us to use our platform to help end racism.”
MLB players take a knee and get praise, while football coaches get fined for a news network shirt
OAKLAND, CA – During the spring training game between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants on July 20th, it was hardly surprising to see that now baseball athletes have decided to start doing the kneeling thing during the national anthem.
Several Giants, including Gabe Kapler, knelt for the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/qMIkwOaFOn
— KNBR (@KNBR) July 21, 2020
Prior to the July 20th game kicking off, Giants manager Gabe Kapler, first base coach Antoan Richardson and outfielders Jaylin Davis, Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater, went for the old Kaepernick kneel gesture during the national anthem. Reportedly, coach Justin Viele also took a knee as well.
Because, as everyone knows, once you do that then you’ve officially defeated racism.
Sarcasm aside, this gesture has always been one to polarize fans of any sport. And now the Giants are doubling down on the display made by their players and staff, tweeting out a post simply saying “black lives matter” while showing players kneeling.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 21, 2020
I don’t know if the San Francisco Giants are aware of this, but baseball isn’t exactly a hit sport with the “woke” generation. In fact, the average age of baseball fans that tune into the games is about 57-years-old. Let’s face it, the run-of-the-mill social justice warrior isn’t in their 50’s – or even 40’s.
They’re watching Twitch streams, not baseball.
Even the MLB is standing behind the display, likening the act to that of a peaceful protest. While it certainly can be described as a peaceful act or display, it begs the question of if the MLB would stand behind one of their players taking up any other stance and using their “platform” to promote it.
Here's the thing – what happens if players or coaches use "their platforms" to protest or raise awareness to a cause the MLB doesn't like? Would you stand behind a player saying "it's okay to be white," or wearing a "OAN" news shirt like Mike Gundy did?
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) July 21, 2020
The MLB and the team in general are getting a healthy mix of flack as well as adoration for the virtue signaling being broadcast. One tweet from the MLB claimed that the message of the kneeling isn’t political, but that it was “supporting human rights.”
If only there were a way to support human rights without baseball players insulting the anthem.
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) July 21, 2020
One Twitter user responded with a pretty common-sense notion:
“If only there were a way to support human rights without baseball players insulting the anthem.”
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It’s strange that when someone kneels during the national anthem, then that’s something adored by sports league. However, heaven forbid you decide to wear a One America News Network TV shirt on a fishing trip – that will get you a pay cut of a million dollars and your contract cut short.
That was the case for Mike Gundy.
Athletes kneel during Nat’l Anthem. We hv pathetic @NFL playing black nat’l anthem (whatever the hell that is), but a coach can’t wear an OAN t-shirt on a fishing trip?? That isn’t a dble standard. That is left shutting down our 1st Amend Rights. We r to blame bc we hv allowed it
— MyThoughts (@SouthernOpine) July 13, 2020
Oh, what’s even better – Mike Gundy actually apologized for wearing t-shirt of a cable news network. After losing a million dollars and having a contract cut short, he actually apologized for a shirt showcasing a cable news station.
In the (rather cringy) apology, Gundy stated the following:
“Black lives matter to me. Our players matter to me. I sincerely hope the Oklahoma State family near and far, will accept my humble apology as we move forward.”
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) June 16, 2020
Apparently, OAN is considered to be some kind of a racist news organization because one of their anchors from years back posed the question of what the Black Lives Matter movement really wants – and then proceeded to call the organization a “farce.”
Which, the clip showcasing Liz Wheeler, brings to light questions from four years ago that are still relevant today.
The bitter reality of things is that we’re going to see more of this double standard perpetuated. Athletes who dare to say anything other than “black lives matter” in the months leading to the election will find themselves castigated and ousted like a leper while those who kneel and say the right chant will be championed.
The question is, has the silent majority remained silent for too long?
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