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Philadelphia Flyers remove Kate Smith statue, New York Yankees halt her 'God Bless America' amid controversy

Tuesday 09:00 GMT

The Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith that stood outside their arena for more than three decades, the move coming two days after the team covered the monument in response to complaints about two tunes the "God Bless America" singer performed in the 1930s.

KATE SMITH'S RELATIVES 'HEARTBROKEN' AFTER YANKEES, FLYERS DROP HER 'GOD BLESS AMERICA' RECORDING: REPORT. “The NHL principle 'Hockey is for Everyone' is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for,” team president Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.”

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