WHY DID DESPERATE FLYERS TRADE FOR TONY DE ANGELO, AN OUTSPOKEN BIGOT AND TOXIC TEAMMATE?

By Jenny Masters

The Flyers have traded for — then extended — a noted, outspoken bigot and a toxic human being.

As USA Today’s Mary Clarke writes:

There’s a long history of receipts detailing Tony DeAngelo’s putrid behavior on and off the ice. This extends well back into his junior career, where he was suspended twice for violating the OHL’s policy covering “homophobic, racist, and sexist language”. DeAngelo has also been suspended twice for abuse of officials, once verbal and once physical.

On Twitter, DeAngelo’s conservative views came to light as he denied the severity of COVID-19 during the pandemic. He is also a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, even going so far as to deactivate and move to Parler in a temper tantrum when the former president was banned.

Oh, and the impetus for DeAngelo’s falling out with the Rangers that surprisingly put him on waivers in 2021?

He was reportedly involved in an altercation with Alexandar Georgiev where the goaltender punched DeAngelo in the face in the tunnel leading to the locker room after a loss. DeAngelo reportedly started the incident after a miscommunication between the two led to Sidney Crosby’s game-winning overtime goal.

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