Mike Sullivan is setting the record straight. The Penguins coach on Wednesday clarified that the organization's decision to accept President Donald's Trump's invitation to visit the White House is not political. “There appears to be a perception out there that because our organization has made a decision to accept the invitation to the White House that we have taken a stance on the issue, when the reality is it’s just the opposite,” Sullivan said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We haven’t take any stance. The Penguins as an organization and our players have chosen not to use this platform to take a stance. There appears to be a perception that we have. It’s wrong.” Sullivan also defended captain Sidney Crosby after the superstar came under fire Sunday for saying he supported the team's decision to go to the White House. "The fact that people seem to think that Sid needs to bear this burden of responsibility is unfair," Sullivan said. "This guy does nothing but go to the rink, help the Penguins win championships and be a good person every day. That's how we see it. Having said that, we have respect for those that choose to express themselves differently. I wish we would receive the same respect in return, and I wish our captain would as well." Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto will skip the Stanley Cup champions' Oct. 10 appearance at the White House, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will join Peduto in taking a knee for the team's visit.
Pens' Sullivan deems criticism of Crosby's White House decision 'unfair'
Sporting News | Sep 27