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Stand up, or sit on the bench.

That’s the sentiment expressed by the coach of hockey’s Team USA, John Tortorella.

Tortorella, the Columbus Blue Jackets coach who will be making the calls for the American team in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, told ESPN that he will not tolerate any players sitting in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,” he said, according to the network's reporter Linda Cohn.

Kaepernick continues to spark outrage over his on-the-field gestures, which recently included taking a knee during the San Diego Chargers’ ‘Salute to the Military Night’, and wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs while at training camp.

The quarterback has said he is doing so in protest of "police brutality" and other race-related issues.

Do you think Coach Tortorella is being too harsh on his hockey players, or do you agree with him?

Let us know in the comments below.

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