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Team USA’s John Tortorella: Stand for anthem or you’ll sit

Head coach John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue

Head coach John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets leads his team against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 24, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Doug Pensinger

If you don’t stand, you’ll sit.

That’s what Team USA hockey coach John Tortorella said when asked about the Colin Kaepernick protest.

The former Rangers coach told ESPN, “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.”

Tortorella will be coaching the United States team in the World Cup of Hockey, a two-week tournament that begins Sept. 17.

New York Sports