San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer opted not to wear the team’s specially designed warmup jersey before a game on Saturday night as the team celebrated Pride Night.
Reimer issued a statement explaining his decision which the NHL franchise shared on its Twitter account.
“For all 13 years of my NHL career, I have been a Christian — not just in title, but in how I choose to live my life daily. 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. “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,” Reimer continued.
He concluded that “every person has value and worth” and should be “welcomed in all aspects in the game of hockey.” (Read More Here)