Last year around this time, J.T. Brown went viral. As? San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s?national anthem protest began reverberating, Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella — preparing for a stint coaching Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey — said he would bench any player who did the same. That led Brown, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger and one of about 30 black players in the NHL, to fire off this tweet: The impact was immediate: aggregation plus retweets, and comments by the thousands. Some commended Brown. Many condemned an athlete for entering the political arena. Others conjectured the motivation stemmed from a grudge held against the coach, which led Brown to clarify his stance in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times that he had no “ill will towards Tortorella.” He wanted to show young minorities who love hockey that issues in America weren’t “going unnoticed by the hockey…

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