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NHL player, citing his faith, doesn't warm up with team wearing LGBTQ colors before 'Pride Night' game. ESPN writer who covered controversy bashes player on Twitter.

Philadelphia Flyers player uses rainbow stick, wears rainbow jersey during warmups before Pride Night game against Anaheim Ducks, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Jan. 17, 2023. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Philadelphia Flyers player Ivan Provorov, citing his religious beliefs, refused to skate before Tuesday's "Pride Night" game since his teammates were wearing LBGTQ colors for their warm-up, ESPN reported.

The 26-year-old defenseman told reporters after the Flyers' 5-2 home win over the Anaheim Ducks that he intended "to stay true to myself and my religion," the sports network said.

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