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NHLs Bettman says he respects players views on political issues

NHLs Bettman says he respects players views on political issues
Published On: Tue, Sep 26
Jul 29, 2015; Foxboro, MA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and representatives of the Boston Bruins pose for a photo during a press conference for the Winter Classic hockey game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable."

Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trumps call for protesting NFL players to be fired. Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler tweeted Saturday about the First Amendment, writing: "these are literally the principles the US was founded on. Come on, Mr. President."

In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Bettman says social issues "are a matter of individual belief and individual choice."

After Trump uninvited the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins say theyve accepted an invitation to go to the White House.

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