Sharks goalkeeper James Reimer refuses to wear Pride jersey

San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer will not attend Saturday night’s pregame warmup, as the team’s decision to wear a pride-themed jersey to support the LGBTQ community reflects his contrary to the religious beliefs of

In a statement on Saturday, Reimer said he made the decision based on his Christian beliefs and said he “always strived to treat everyone with respect”, adding that members of the LGBTQ community are welcome in hockey. He added that it should.

“In this particular instance, I am choosing not to endorse anything that goes against my personal beliefs based on the Bible as the supreme authority in life,” Reimer said.

Leimer is just the second NHL player this season to wear a pride-themed jersey and refuse to attend a warmup. Ivan Provolov in Philadelphia Decrease in January. Reimer wasn’t scheduled to start on Saturday night’s home game against the New York Islanders on Pride Night.

Additionally, the New York Rangers chose not to wear Pride jerseys or use Pride stick tape as part of January nights, despite having previously advertised their plans. bottom.

In a statement, Shark said it was proud to host Pride Night, and said the event reinforces the team’s commitment to inclusivity.

“When we promote these standards, we also recognize and accept the right of individuals to express themselves, including how and whether they choose to express their beliefs, regardless of cause or topic.” the team said in a statement. , we will unwaveringly support the LGBTQIA+ community and continue to encourage others to actively form alliances. ”

The You Can Play Project, which works to promote inclusiveness in sports, said the organization was disappointed with Reimer’s actions.

“Religion and respect are not mutually exclusive. We are certainly disappointed when religion is used as an excuse not to support our community,” the group said. “Pride” Wearing his jersey is not about the athlete’s personal feelings in the same way that wearing a celebratory jersey is. It’s communication.”


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