March 18, 2023 at 22:03
The San Jose Sharks are hosting Pride Night at SAP Center Saturday, but their goalie will not be included in the celebration.
James Reimer announced on Twitter he will not wear a pride-themed warmup jersey before the game against the New York Islanders.
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," he said via the team's Twitter account.
"I have no hate in my heart for anyone, and I have always strived to treat everyone that I encounter with respect and kindness.
The Sharks tweeted on Saturday they will "offer information and facts about LGBTQIA+ topics " instead of "our normal game content" throughout Saturday's contest.
"Our hope is that this content will serve as a reminder that there are issues more important than goals, highlights, and wins," the team said in its tweet.
SHARKS' TWITTER ACCOUNT TO SEND 'LGBTQIA+ INFORMATION' INSTEAD OF 'NORMAL GAME CONTENT' ON TEAM'S PRIDE NIGHT"Hockey is not for everyone until everyone is comfortable playing, working, or being a fan of this incredible game."
Reimer is not the first NHL player to shun Pride-themed jerseys in warmups.
The Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov cited his Russian Orthodox religion for his reason not to participate in warmups on his team's Pride Night when the rest of the team wore LGBTQ-themed jerseys.
The New York Rangers promoted its Pride Night in January, saying players would wrap pride-themed tape on sticks, but that plan was also nixed with no explanation.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Sharks are 19-36-14, and their 52 points are the second-lowest in the league.
Reimer's .895 save percentage ranks 42nd out of 50 qualified goalies.