Captain Mike Eruzione: “If we knew we were going to piss off this many people, we probably would not have put the hats on. That’s the big question here. A lot of the stuff I got was, ‘You guys said it’s not political, but when you put the hats on, you made it political.’ “
Members of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team have faced backlash and criticism after they attended a rally for President Donald Trump and wearing MAGA hats.
From The Hill:
The team initially was invited to be in a separate photo line with the president at last week’s rally, but they later appeared onstage, according to The Washington Post, with many wearing the hats.
Trump had invited team captain Mike Eruzione, 65, along with other players to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” game in which they beat the four-time defending gold medalist Soviet Union team and later won the gold medal for the U.S.
Eruzione said he didn’t know he would be introduced onstage or offered one of the Trump hats. Four former team members did not wear the hats, while 10 others did, according to the Post.
Eruzione, who is director of special outreach at his alma mater, Boston University, said he has received angry calls and messages on social media about wearing the hat.
“If we knew we were going to piss off this many people, we probably would not have put the hats on,” said Eruzione. “That’s the big question here. A lot of the stuff I got was, ‘You guys said it’s not political, but when you put the hats on, you made it political.’ “
Trump’s campaign communications director Tim Murtagh said:
“The 1980 Olympic hockey team reminds us of a time when as a nation we came together to defeat communism. It is a shame that today’s liberals are so intolerant of other political viewpoints that they threaten to cancel such great sports heroes from our history.”
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