Torts bans players from sitting during anthem

Oct 27, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella watches the action during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-228066 ORIG FILE ID:  20151027_ajw_se8_161.jpg

Team USA hockey players aren’t welcome to join Colin Kaepernick and the athletes supporting him in his protest during the national anthem.

In an interview with ESPN anchor Linda Cohn, coach John Tortorella said any of his players who wanted to show their support were going to have a big choice to make — playing time or their convictions:

From ESPN’s Linda Cohn:

When I asked Team USA coach John Tortorella about Kaepernick protest he told me “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.”

The 49ers QB has been joined by players across the NFL and USWNT veteran Megan Rapinoe in his protest, which has been controversial with a number of athletes, commentators and fans.

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