Penguins accept white house invitation - release tone deaf statement and confirm what we all thought

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  1. owa

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    Adam Is there ketchup on that? Staff Member Premium Member

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    Sure this announcement would still be upsetting if it was made in a month from now, but the timing is so absurd. I cannot think of one reason why they did it when they did.

    I wish NHL players had a spine, maybe management would actually speak out for once too.
     
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    i don't think there's a reason to be upset by this announcement for anything other than the timing.

    it's customary to go to the capital. i didn't like when tim thomas was a fucking moron, and while the political climate is definitively different... white supremacy and all...

    i do like that they "respect the office of president" but not necessarily the person in it. heh.

    the timing of this announcement is super fucking shit, though. that's the thing i dislike. in an era of pronounced dog-whistle politics, this may not say "i'm with him," but it does say "i'm not with you," especially due to the timing. and that's just stupid.
     
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    That's why I called it tone deaf!
     
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    Foxwillow The Chaet Staff Member

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    i was kinda responding to adam and in general.

    it's white sports white sportsing, i guess :lol:
     
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    I hear the invitation was addressed to "Evgeni Malkin + Guests"...
     
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    In all seriousness, though--the timing is questionable, at best, and at worst seems like an attempt to appear righteous. Then again, more than half of last year's roster is not even from America, so I do kind of feel like they have a little bit of a 'pass' on internal American political issues.
     
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    i think not enough people have appreciated this yet
     
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    The timing of this was just awful. :lol:
     
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    Again, the NHL is rather tone deaf...
     
  13. Mizu

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    Would Canadian champions be invited/forced to visit white house?
     
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    they gave gim a golf bag

    instead of a jersey

    is this top level shade?
     
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    god i hope so
     
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    Z32 Denver Wildcats || GM Staff Member

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    The '93 Habs were invited but did not go.

    The '92 Jays did go.
     
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    cmon they are all the same
    plus, a government/president and a country are two different things
    and too much politics in sports, yea
    pittsburgh is an american town, there's a tradition, so nw
     
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    Next thing that comes to mind... Would Canadian teams be invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth? :p
     
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    Yes please, do this :lol:
     
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    Z32 Denver Wildcats || GM Staff Member

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    It'd be so much better than going to America, honestly. :p
     
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    Where is Tim Thomas right now, anyway?
     
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    hiding in his bunker, and only coming out to buy more tin foil and SPAM, probably.
     
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    I really have never understood boycotting an a trip to the White House. It's ceremonial. It doesn't mean you agree with the politics of the President, it's like a child's field trip. I honestly would prefer politics not creep into sports, purely from the standpoint that I turn sports on to avoid those topics, but reality is we live in a different era now and those things happen.

    I think it's perfectly fine to say "we respect the Office of the President" and to attend. Some of the players no doubt agree with some of Trump's policies and some of them no doubt think he's batshit crazy. I'm sure, to a lesser extent, this is almost always the case, regardless of the President. I put a lot more stock in what players are doing through their own foundations, donations, gestures, etc, than I do in whether or not they attended a field trip to the White House or not.

    It's insane that things are at the point where this is a thing, but the President, the media and some of the players, have made sure these type of things are now like watching a slow moving car crash, on the set of Jerry Springer, while 2 guys wait to find out which is the father, as the National Anthem is playing and people are kneeling, while others argue about it. What a dumpster fire.
     


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