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    Sharks goalie James Reimer did not wear a Pride jersey

    Sharks goalie James Reimer did not wear a Pride jersey

    San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer became the latest NHLer to refuse to wear a Bright Night jersey.

    35 year old networker issued a statement Along with the Sharks, he said he would not wear the jersey on Saturday for religious reasons.

    “There is an initiative for everyone under the NHL hockey umbrella, and the San Jose Sharks have chosen to wear jerseys tonight in support of the LGBTQIA+ community,” Reimer said.

    “For the 13 years of my NHL career, I have been a Christian, not just in the title, but in the way I choose to live my life every day. I have personal faith in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for my sins, and in response I ask myself to love and follow everyone.

    “I have no hate in my heart for anyone and have always tried to treat everyone I meet with respect and kindness. In this particular case, I choose not to support something that goes against my personal beliefs based on the highest authority in my life, the Bible.

    “I strongly believe that every person has worth and value, and that the LGBTQIA+ community, like everyone else, should be welcomed in all aspects of the game of hockey.”

    Rymer has also played Maple Leafs for them. The Panthers and Hurricanes are the latest in a growing list of players and teams who have opted not to wear special uniforms during their careers.

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    A few weeks ago, the wild Minnesota At the last minute decided to back down to don their Pride jerseys. The Wilde case came at the cost of others, notably Philadelphia Flyers Guardian Ivan Provorov and this New York Rangers, similarly decided to abandon the Pride Night tradition.

    Speaking to the media after the report was released, Reimer elaborated on his decision.

    “It’s something I saw coming last year,” he said. “Some teams were starting to use them, and I came to believe that it went against what I thought the Bible said…

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    “I understand what the message is. “I think people are trying to show their support for the community, and I think people in the community feel marginalized,” Reimer added after exploring what Pride Jersey means. “So people try to come out with them in public and support them.

    “Personally, the way I interpret the Bible is that you love them, but you can’t support the activity or the lifestyle.”

    James Reimer became the last NHLer to retire from wearing the Pride jersey. (AP Photo/Adam Paci, File)

    The Sharks, for their part, stuck to their stance, refusing to back down from showing their support despite Reimer’s stance.

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    Among other initiatives, the Sharks shared that they will be using their Twitter platform during Saturday’s game to “provide information and facts on LGBTQIA+ issues” instead of traditional game day coverage.

    “Our hope is that this content serves as a reminder that there are more important issues than goals, achievements and successes” the team said. “Hockey is not for everyone unless everyone plays, works, or is a fan of this amazing sport.”


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