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Sports Wild's Dumba regrets not kneeling for Canadian anthem

01:06  03 august  2020
01:06  03 august  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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EDMONTON, Alberta — Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the United States’ national anthem Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban and Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse, who are both Black Canadians , each put a hand on Dumba ' s shoulders

Following his speech, Dumba knelt as the U. S . anthem played, Blackhawks netminder Malcolm Subban and Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse, both Black players, placing a hand on his shoulder. Kneeling has become a symbol of protest for athletes who have united behind anti-racism

Malcolm Subban et al. in uniform © Dave Sandford / National Hockey League / Getty

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba inspired the hockey world Saturday when he delivered a powerful speech against racism before becoming the first NHL player to kneel for the U.S. anthem.

Dumba, however, says he wishes he stayed on one knee once the Canadian anthem followed.

"To be honest, I kind of froze up," Dumba said, according to NBC Sports' Sean Leahy. "I know why I knelt. It wasn’t a sign of disrespect by any means. It was to shed light on the people who have lived through the injustice and oppression, especially in my home state of Minnesota. That's why I did it.

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Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild became the first player to kneel for the U. S . national anthem in the National Hockey League (NHL) on Saturday night before the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Edmonton Oilers in Alberta, Canada . Dumba , who is Canadian , was invited onto the ice for a special ceremony

Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel for a national anthem during the league' s restart on Saturday. Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé sang O Canada on a video recorded at Vancouver' s Rogers Arena. Dumba stood for that anthem , played

"I think my biggest regret is not doing it for the Canadian national anthem, as well because there is a lot of light that needs to be shed on what is happening in Canada and the oppression First Nations people have felt for hundreds of years. I was disappointed looking back on it because, like I said, I knew the reasons why I knelt. Just in the moment, it happened like that."

The Regina, Saskatchewan, native said he'll raise his fist during both the U.S. and Canadian anthems going forward.

"If I'm not in the starting lineup, I might be on the bench, and if I take a knee on the bench, they might not even be able to see me," Dumba said.

Dumba, who was the Wild's nominee for the 2020 King Clancy Trophy, embraced the backlash he received on social media and called out those who took issue with his message.

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Wild defenseman Matt Dumba gives a powerful pregame speech to encourage diversity in hockey before kneeling during the national anthem . Oilers and Blackhawks players surrounded Dumba , who is Filipino- Canadian , as he spoke. When the U. S . anthem was played, Dumba dropped to one

Matt Dumba , a Regina, Sask., hockey player who plays defence on the Minnesota Wild team, became the first NHL player to take a knee during the U. S . anthem on Saturday ahead of the game between the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks. Dumba also spoke about fighting against injustice, saying

"Keep it coming," said Dumba. "It kind of sheds a light on them and the people that follow them. Their friends, their family, can see their beliefs and how they view the world and see the negative light that they're trying to shed on this.

"For all the people who have the courage in their fingertips sitting behind a keyboard, I know half the stuff you wouldn't say to my face if I was standing right in front of you."

Dumba is part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, which was created in June by current and former NHL players to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey.

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