FLYERS TONY D’S A MAGA CLOWN AND MENACE IN THE LOCKER ROOM!

By Jenny Masters

The Flyers traded for Tony DeAngelo yesterday, and already the Inky’s Mike Sielski is taking shots — cheap, political and otherwise:

Never mind the risks and downsides that DeAngelo himself presents.

There will be much made of his political views, of his explicit support on social media of Donald Trump.

But those details are less interesting and less relevant than DeAngelo’s history as a disruptive force in several locker rooms.

From Colin Kaepernick to Tom Brady, from Curt Schilling to Kyrie Irving, plenty of athletes have opinions that fall on the far ends of the sociopolitical and racial spectrums, that are objectionable or uninformed or eccentric, radical or reactionary.

They’re just like the general public in that regard.

What matters more, once the puck drops or the ball is tipped, is whether an athlete can be counted on to support his or her teammates, to compete with and for them at all times, and DeAngelo’s track record suggests he can’t be.

He has been too willing throughout his career to cross the line that separates a controversial or downright repugnant thought from a damaging action.

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