Citing Christian faith, NHL player chooses not to wear Pride-themed jersey
March 19, 2023 at 15:16
CNN —Citing his Christian faith, San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer said he chose not to wear a pregame warmup jersey in support of the LGBTQIA+ community on Saturday, as part of the team’s weeklong “Pride Night” festivities.
“I have a personal faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins and, in response, asks me to love everyone and follow him.
“I have no hate in my heart for anyone, and I have always strived to treat everyone that I encounter with respect and kindness.
“In this specific instance, I am choosing not to endorse something that is counter to my personal convictions which are based on the bible, the highest authority in my life.
“As an organization, we will not waver in our support of the LGBTQIA+ community and continue to encourage others to engage in active allyship.”Reimer did not play in the Sharks’ loss.
Reimer (47) makes a save against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose on March 16.
“I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t something that crossed my mind,” Reimer said.
“Those conversations happened and here I am standing up for what I believe in.
I’m sure there’s people in management or ownership that won’t look favorably on this.
“We know that one organization can’t make all the changes we seek to make hockey (and the world) more welcoming to all, but it’s a start.
With all of you, we can make an impact.”Reimer has played in 35 games this season, starting 34 of them.
He is 10-17-7 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.