Five Tampa Bay Rays players decline to wear LGBTQ+ logo on uniform during Pride Night celebration

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Five players on the Tampa Bay Rays roster opted not to wear a patch the team added to its uniforms intended to celebrate Pride month in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. During the team's 16th annual Pride Night celebration Rays caps and uniforms had logos colored in the style of the modern LGBTQ+ pride flag, but not everyone in the clubhouse chose to participate.

Pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson were among the players who did not wear the patch on their uniforms and chose to wear the team's standard caps for the June 4 home game.
Adam was selected by the organization to speak on behalf of the players who opted out, and called it a "faith-based decision" and that the decision wasn't "judgmental," per the Times:

"So it's a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it's just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it's just that maybe we don't want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who's encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like [Jesus] encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It's no different."
Manager Kevin Cash said the players' decision not to wear the pride caps and patches -- which the team described as something players could choose to opt-in to -- didn't create any division in the clubhouse. "I think what it has created is, like, what you've heard -- a lot of conversation and valuing the different perspectives inside the clubhouse but really appreciating the community that we're trying to support here," Cash said.

 

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You know, I commend Tampa Bay (or the union, or whoever) for providing an opt out mechanism, but I do wonder about the decision to put players in the position in the first place via various "political" ads on uniforms as articles like this in and of themselves imply that the players were "wrong" to do so. (Note, I don't mean political in a judgmental way tied to this context; the same could be said for military appreciation uniforms.). This is one of the reasons I've liked that most north american sports franchises have not viewed their uniforms as advertising real estate, in contrast to say soccer, cycling, or auto racing. But if leagues are going to dip their toes in that water (eg, hockey), honestly, it's probably better that the stick to nakedly commercial sponsors.
 

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You know, I commend Tampa Bay (or the union, or whoever) for providing an opt out mechanism, but I do wonder about the decision to put players in the position in the first place via various "political" ads on uniforms as articles like this in and of themselves imply that the players were "wrong" to do so. (Note, I don't mean political in a judgmental way tied to this context; the same could be said for military appreciation uniforms.). This is one of the reasons I've liked that most north american sports franchises have not viewed their uniforms as advertising real estate, in contrast to say soccer, cycling, or auto racing. But if leagues are going to dip their toes in that water (eg, hockey), honestly, it's probably better that the stick to nakedly commercial sponsors.
Glad of the opt out too. So much of this crap is forced down your throat it's sickening.
 

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One day for veterans. One day for those who died defending our freedoms. One month for gay pride. If people truly want to be treated equally, we need to do away with these kinds of things. Being gay is nothing to celebrate. Being straight is nothing to celebrate. Being white is nothing to celebrate. Being black is nothing to celebrate. It's simple who we/you are.
 

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One day for veterans. One day for those who died defending our freedoms. One month for gay pride. If people truly want to be treated equally, we need to do away with these kinds of things. Being gay is nothing to celebrate. Being straight is nothing to celebrate. Being white is nothing to celebrate. Being black is nothing to celebrate. It's simple who we/you are.
So True!
 
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One day for veterans. One day for those who died defending our freedoms. One month for gay pride. If people truly want to be treated equally, we need to do away with these kinds of things. Being gay is nothing to celebrate. Being straight is nothing to celebrate. Being white is nothing to celebrate. Being black is nothing to celebrate. It's simple who we/you are.
It’s become so contrived and these sports organizations will look for a way to monetize these events any way they can. I wish they would stick to celebrating their franchises. If a team wants to honor a championship team with a uniform patch or free gifts to the fans, so be it.
 
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It’s become so contrived and these sports organizations will look for a way to monetize these events any way they can. I wish they would stick to celebrating their franchises. If a team wants to honor a championship team with a uniform patch or free gifts to the fans, so be it.
Hockey is probably funniest. If there were one sport where players grow up calling opponents pussies and fagots, it’s hockey.
 

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One day for veterans. One day for those who died defending our freedoms. One month for gay pride. If people truly want to be treated equally, we need to do away with these kinds of things. Being gay is nothing to celebrate. Being straight is nothing to celebrate. Being white is nothing to celebrate. Being black is nothing to celebrate. It's simple who we/you are.
Eff that! It's about time we have special recognition for white heterosexuals.
 

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have you ever noticed at a hockey game that you can't really hear much on the ice? there's a reason for the plexiglass, and it's not just safety.
My cousin has seats right near the glass for a minor league team, we still hear a little lol.