has recently gained attention for his decision not to wear a pride jersey during the San Jose Sharks warm-up on Pride Night, sparking considerable backlash.
Reimer WILL NOT Wear a Pride Jersey
Reimer also brought up his former Toronto Maple Leafs teammate, Nazem Kadri
, and his Muslim faith, stating:
"In Toronto, I had Nazem Kadri
as a teammate, and I loved him to death. I'm not sure about the extent of his Muslim faith, but he's a Muslim. I think you could ask him if I treated him differently. I loved him. We competed together on the ice, joked around, and shared life experiences. People would understand if I couldn't wear a jersey promoting the Muslim faith during warm-ups, as I'm a Christian and follower of Christ. He himself would fully understand that."
Reimer has recently reiterated his refusal to wear a pride jersey, acknowledging that his decision has cost him the support of many fans.
The President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins has expressed disappointment regarding players' refusal to wear pride jerseys, stating:
"I must say that I am extremely disappointed. I wish players would understand that pride sweaters are about inclusion and welcoming everybody. A player wearing pride colors or tape is not endorsing a set of values or joining a cause! Instead, he is saying 'you are welcome here.' And indeed, everyone is welcome in every single NHL building."
Pride jerseys have become a point of contention for all the wrong reasons, when the focus should be on making hockey accessible to everyone.
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