‘Poetic’ Karma: Sportswriter Who Wanted NHL Player Cancelled For Rejecting Pride Jersey Gets Cancelled

OPINION:  This article contains commentary which may reflect the author’s opinion

The plague of “wokeness” has seen its better days, and thankfully recent events have worked to turn the tide on this disturbing mindset.

Although the tide is turning on “wokeness” in America, some seem not to have received the memo on that. After Elon Musk’s release of the “Twitter files” revealing the political reasons for the blocking of conservative voices on social media, and other revelations concerning vaccines and hidden agendas, it is apparent that free speech and freedom of choice are on a constitutional upswing in the country. Sadly, “wokeness” still plagues us but there are glimmers of light and hope.

Thankfully, the oversaturation of “woke” commentary continues to drive staffing cuts at media outlets that are seeing severely diminished demand for their product during uncertain times. Unfortunately, the woke mindset is not gone completely. One athlete recently was on the receiving end of such persecution.

Ivan Provorov, a Russian defenseman who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers had been savaged by leftists over his refusal to wear a “Pride” jersey in honor of a very special demographic during the pre-game skate at the team’s home game against the visiting Anaheim Ducks last week. Provorov cited his religious faith as his reason, as his faith denounces the practice of homosexuality.

He received backlash from some, and one of those calling for his head on a pike was Steph Driver, formerly of SB Nation’s Broad Street Hockey. Driver proceeded to slam Provorov for standing true to his faith on an issue that has nothing to do with hockey or his playing.

“I was hoping what I heard about Provorov wasn’t true, but it has been confirmed,” Driver tweeted after the news broke of the player’s defiance. “Ivan Provorov did not participate in the Flyers pregame skate because he refused to wear the Pride jersey. In the year 2023. Provorov couldn’t have a rainbow logo touch his skin for a few minutes.” “Ivan Provorov was allowed to play in a game for the Philadelphia Flyers – the organization that was the first to say that you will be removed from the arena if you utter a homophobic slur – after refusing to wear a Pride logo for warm-ups,” she added. “What an absolute disgrace.”

But her persecution of the devout athlete did not go unanswered. Driver missed the point that no one cares about her opinion of Provorov’s religious views. In an epically “poetic” bit of karma, Driver, who called for the cancellation of NHL player Provorov has herself been canceled, Biz Pac Review reported.

On Friday, the intolerant writer took to Twitter to update her 12.1 K followers of the bad news that she was among those jettisoned by Vox Media which is slashing staff by 7 percent.

“Today I have been laid off. I always thought I would leave Vox and SB Nation of my own accord, but today they chose to move away from hockey coverage,” Driver wrote. “I don’t know what is next for me, I’m a little shellshocked tbh, but here we are. Steph Driver is on the market.”

The response on social media showed that understandably wasn’t a heck of a lot of sympathy for Driver whose hateful reaction to Provorov’s conviction to his devout religious beliefs didn’t make her into a very sympathetic character with Twitter users.

“Poetic ,” remarked digital strategist Greg Price along with an emoji of a sad violin.

“If you’re not a Philly sports fan, a website called Broad Street Hockey full of annoying woke bloggers had their whole staff laid off by Vox today. I hope they enjoy making solar panels,” he added in another tweet.

Users who are lovers of freedom and justice posted freely, clearly relishing the karmic overtones of Driver’s newly unemployed status a mere three days after she called for Provorov to lose his job.

Biz Pac Review noted:

Provorov, who cited his devout religious faith as the reason for not participating, quickly found out that when it comes to contempt for free speech and freedom of religion that Putin has nothing on the American left.

But while the likes of Driver and her fellow “woke” ilk demanded reprisals in the latest version of Orwells Two Minutes Hate, a funny thing happened as a new fan club immediately sprang up for the previously obscure Russian players with his replica jerseys selling like hotcakes.

Driver and her fellow leftist media hacks should take the time to read the memo that freedom of speech and freedom of religion, having been challenged in the era of wokeness, has reared its head, gathered strength, and is once more soaring in America. Those in the public arena, especially in media, need to take stock. Its looking like time to reinvent themselves as journalists and acquaint themselves with the U.S. Constitution for more productive careers.


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