Flashback: When Team USA's Coach Threatened to Bench Anyone Who Sat During the Anthem

Posted: Sep 27, 2017 2:10 PM

Amid the recent controversy and protests around the National Anthem, let's take a trip in the way-back machine  to September of 2016, when Team USA's Coach John Tortorella weighed in on if any of his players did anything but stand at the blue line for the National Anthem:

None of Tortorella's players protested the Star-Spangled Banner during the entirety of the World Cup of Hockey tournament, which was won by Team Canada. 

While this was only a year ago, it seems like it was eons ago. Boy, things have changed since this comment was made--and while Tortorella was praised for it at the time, he'd likely be crucified by the media and/or fans and/or Twitter if he made these comments today. 

Things sure changed rapidly, eh?