James Reimer refuses to wear pride jersey and heres why

BY DAN    MARCH 18, 2023  (6:20 PM)
During pride night, James Reimer, the goaltender for the San Jose Sharks, made the decision not to don a pride jersey during the warm-up.

In a statement, Reimer clarified his choice to not wear a pride jersey by explaining:

"Throughout my 13-year NHL career, I've been a practicing Christian, not just in name but also in how I live my life every day. My personal faith in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for my sins, calls me to love everyone and follow Him. I harbor no hatred in my heart and strive to treat everyone I meet with respect and kindness. In this particular case, I am choosing not to support something that goes against my personal beliefs, which are rooted in the Bible, the most important authority in my life. I firmly believe that every individual has value and worth, and the LGBTQIA+ community, like all others, should be embraced in all aspects of the game of hockey."

His current NHL team the San Jose Sharks also came out and issued a statement.


"Continuing, a long-standing commitment of allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community, Sharks Sports & Entertainment is extremely proud to host our 2023 Sharks Pride Night. This week's events, culminating with tonight's game against the New York Islanders, reinforce our organization's values and dedication to an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all guests in each of our venues.

As we promote those standards, we also acknowledge and accept the rights of individuals to express themselves, including how or whether they choose to express their beliefs, regardless of the cause or topic.

As an organization, we will not waver in our support of the LGBTQIA+ community and continue to encourage others to engage in active allyship"


The issue of pride jerseys has sparked extensive discussion among advocates and opponents alike. While it appears that Reimer endorses the LGBTQIA+ community's involvement in the hockey sphere, he has opted out of wearing a pride jersey on account of his religious beliefs.
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