DeSantis Faces Off With NHL Over Diversity Event In Florida

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is opposed to an "information session" on the league having a more diverse workforce that will be part of the National Hockey League's All-Star weekend in the state in early February.
Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida Ron DeSantis speaks during an election night watch party at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on November 8, 2022. - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, was projected as one of the early winners of the night in Tuesday's midterm election. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The “Pathway to Hockey Summit will be held Feb. 2 in Fort Lauderdale during the NHL’s All-Star Weekend.
  • The event was originally meant to be for “diverse job seekers who are pursuing careers in hockey,” but the NHL reportedly backed off of that condition after pressure from the DeSantis administration.
  • DeSantis’ office first publicly raised objection, amid concerns  the event was a job fair exclusively for minorities, then the governor commented on the matter on the “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino” program on the Fox News Channel.
  • “We’re against racial discrimination, but that’s all discrimination,” DeSantis reportedly said during a pre-taped segment Saturday night of the show. “We’re not going to indulge in this woke conceit that it’s OK to discriminate against some people if that’s politically correct to do so. And so we made it very clear to the NHL that they were running afoul of our laws. They reversed course very quickly. And our society’s better when we’re all treated equally and all treated as individuals and not as members of groups.”
  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week about the matter: “What the summit is, and was, has been mischaracterized. It’s not a job fair. It was an informational session so that people could learn more about us.”

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