A coach’s locker room speech to a minor league hockey team in Connecticut has gone viral, with video showing him telling players to either stand for the national anthem or “get the f--- out.”

John Krupinsky, an assistant coach in Danbury, Conn., told members of the Hat Tricks team sitting on the locker room benches that they should "respect" national anthems, including the United States's, video posted to Facebook on June 30 shows.

“We’re not women’s soccer. We’re not the NFL,” Krupinsky, who also works for the Danbury Police Department, says in the video. “If there’s anybody here who is going to be disrespectful to either the American or the Canadian national anthem, grab your gear and get the f---- out now because you’ll never see the ice in this arena."

“We don’t have that problem in hockey,” he continued. “We’re better than that, but there was no sense in wasting anybody’s time if that shit was going to happen.”

Krupinsky told Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes that his comments were about fundamental duties of American citizens.


“Coaches have a responsibility to keep their team squared away,” he said. “We are fortunate to be in a place where we are a patriotic team and city.”

The video of Krupinsky's remarks has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, with many applauding the coach’s speech.

Others denounced his attempt to control his players and keep them from protesting.

The video comes after prominent athletes, including U.S. women’s national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, have protested during the national anthem.

Rapinoe, an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE, said in May that her decision to kneel during the national anthem is an “F you” to the White House, adding that she’ll “probably never sing the national anthem again.”

Kaepernick began protesting during the anthem in the 2016 NFL season while he was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. His and other athletes' protests have led to backlash from conservatives and Trump, who has previously called for team owners to fire players who protest during the anthem.

Updated: 2:35 p.m.