James Reimer declines 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 faith and “always tried to treat everyone with respect,” adding that members of the LGBTQ community are welcome to hockey. added that it should be done.

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

Reimer is the second NHL player to refuse to participate in a pride-themed jersey warm-up this season, after Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov declined to participate in January. He wasn’t scheduled to start at Pride Night, Saturday night’s home game against the New York Islanders.

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 acknowledge and accept the right of individuals to express themselves, including how and whether they choose to express their beliefs, regardless of cause or topic. “As an organization, we remain unwavering in our support of the LGBTQIA+ community and continue to encourage others to join our positive alliance.”

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 organization said. Like wearing a celebratory jersey, is a communication from the team that the community is welcome in the arena and sport, rather than about the athlete’s personal feelings.”

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