U.S. women’s hockey goalie forced to remove Constitution from mask

January 16, 2014 – 10:30 pm by Ryan Phillips

Jessie Vetter mask

A goalie for the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team has been forced to repaint her new mask by the International Olympic Committee this week.

Jessie Vetter was forced to change her mask by the IOC because she had a copy of the U.S. Constitution on the back plate. That ruling is bound to upset plenty of people.

Artist Ron Slater told InGoal Magazine the following regarding the reason for the changes:

“No writing of any kind to promote the country is allowed. (The IOC frowns upon) any sort of ‘our country is better than your country’ kind of thing. Our original idea was ‘land of the free, home of the brave,’ and that would have had to have been removed as well.”

Vetter had to scrub the Olympic rings from the chin and her last name from the back plate as well because the IOC saw that as “self promotion,” Slater said. “They want everything to be team-based.”

The rules from the IOC make sense, the Olympics are supposed to be about a sense of community and togetherness. But opponents of the ruling will argue that Vetter was just trying to proudly represent her country and its founding principles. Frankly, both arguments are valid. But the IOC makes the rules and Vetter will have to abide by them.

The rules the IOC has for this sort of thing leave a lot open to interpretation. They essentially say “no form of publicity or propaganda, commerical or otherwise my appear on persons, (or) on any article of clothing or equipment worn or used by the athletes in the Olympic Games.”

The “no propaganda” clause is what came up here. And, again, there will be many who disagree with the IOC’s decision.

Back in 2010 U.S. men’s hockey team goalies Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick were forced to repaint their masks as well. Quick had to paint over a section that read, “Support Our Troops,” while Miller had to erase “Miller Time.”

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  1. 8 Responses to “U.S. women’s hockey goalie forced to remove Constitution from mask”

  2. If those are the rules and everyone abides by them, then I see no problem with this. I do, however, see no reason for her to remove her name from her helmet, since she will be pretty much completely covered, it would be nice to be able to tell which member of the team is playing.

    By j on Jan 17, 2014

  3. What do you expect from “one world govt left wing pinko liberals!”

    By Major B.E. Newton on Jan 17, 2014

  4. When you try to make EVERONE happy… Well… You just piss-off everyone. After all is said and done the IOC is just trying to max-out the $$ return… Thats the American way ..is it not ???

    By Rich Gee on Jan 17, 2014

  5. So, our constitution is propaganda? Cool.

    By kc on Jan 17, 2014

  6. I with I could spit in BE Newton’s ignorant face.

    By BS on Jan 17, 2014

  7. Every nation should be able to choose the way they want to represent themselves, by themselves. Can they not be trusted to have their own best interests, and national pride, in mind?

    By Van on Jan 17, 2014

  8. Rules are Rules. Obviously, no other nation is plastering slogans or political jargon on their uniforms, helmets, shoes, skates or any other sports paraphernalia. So, we have to have one or two who think the rules don’t apply to them? Are they going to think they are above the law of the host nation as well? What, is respect for the event and all the other nations’ athletes no longer part of our society? Bah.

    By Abby388 on Jan 18, 2014

  9. It HAS TO BE DONE . WE CANT BE OVERLY SENSITIVE WHEN WE DEAL WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. cAN YOU IMAGINE THE STUFF SOME COUNTRIES WOULD PUT ON THEIR UNIFORMS. PERHAPS SERBIA WOULD PUT DEROGATORY COMMENTS IN CODE REGARDING THEIR LOST STATES. NOT THAT THE BRITS CARE ABOUT AMERICAN HISTORY BUT PERHAPS SOME BLACKS FIND “WE THE PEOPLE” A LITTLE PHONEY CONSIDERING THEY WERE NOT CONSIDERED PEOPLE. WOMEN MIGHT FIND IT A LITTLE OVER THE TOP AS WELL. THE OLYMPICS IS ABOUT SPORT NOT POLITICAL DIATRIBE REGARDING HOW WONDERFUL OR PROPER YOUR COUNTRY IS. IMAGINE WHAT SOME COUNTRIES STILL WANT TO WRITE ABOUT GERMANY OR WHAT THE ISRAELIS WOULD WRITE ABOUT THEIR PERSECUTION OR WHAT IRAN WOULD WRITE ABOUT US. GET OVER YOURSELVES AND GO OUT THEIR AND PLAY WELL. DONT TEAR APART THE HOTEL ROOM AND REMEMBER THAT THE OLYMPICS INCLUDES EVERYONE AND NO ONE IS REALLY IN CHARGE THIS TIME. tHAT IS PERHAPS THE HARRDEST THING FOR SOME AMERICANS TO ACCEPT. WE ARE NOT IN CHARGE!

    By David Miller on Jan 18, 2014

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