Sidney Crosby is catching a lot of heat, especially from fellow Canadians, over his upcoming visit to the White House.
The Penguins released a cautious statement saying they "respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House."
Despite trying to walk a fine line, the Penguins are still being called out for not taking a firmer stand.
Team captain Sidney Crosby is getting hit extra hard, especially by other Canadians.
People are calling on Sid the Kid to show leadership.
"Speak up, Sidney Crosby."
People back home in Nova Scotia are especially critical.
Two history professors wrote in the Halifax Chronicle Herald that Crosby should know better, given where he's from.
TSN hockey commentator Bob McKenzie said going to the White House could result in "being used, unwittingly or wittingly, as presidential propaganda — so I would not go."