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Reimer skips Pride Night

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u/tellurdogisayhello 13d ago

"More on this to follow"...

Uhh. What more is there? That's pretty much the whole story 🤣

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u/Mite-o-Dan 13d ago

"He's still not out there folks. More on this developing story at the 9 o'clock hour."

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u/Obvious_Tax468 13d ago

“We’re currently a week into Reimergate, and he still did not warm up before the game last Saturday. Stay tuned for updates on the developments in navigating the time-space continuum”

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u/FriendlySlytherin 13d ago

“We still have no fucking clue where this guy is.”

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u/gbejrlsu 12d ago

Scenario number one: he's hanging by his neck in his fucking closet.

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u/flares_1981 13d ago

“We continue to move forward in time at 1 s/s. More in a bit.”

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u/Educational-Quote794 13d ago

They’re basically saying “when the inevitable shit storm comes out about this we’ll let you know”

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u/BleedingTeal 13d ago

Believe Corey was primarily talking about this statement from Couture about Reimer's decision. While Reimer may not be alone is how he feels about Pride night, he will be the only one in the Sharks locker room, and possibly in the organization, who feels not participating in Pride night is acceptable.

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u/sweettartspop 13d ago

it’s been a minute since I kept up with hockey and the sharks, but haven’t players of other teams skipped out on pride night acknowledgement like rainbow tape, without having to make a statement? Or is a statement required for not wearing the jersey?

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u/BleedingTeal 13d ago

Sure, other players have skipped out on Pride events. But those times have still been fairly noteworthy in the hockey sphere. A team using pride tape is not really something I've seen much of overall, but it's certainly possible. But the pride jerseys are much more prominent and easy to spot when someone isn't participating. But the issue really is that the Sharks were one of the first, if not the first to engage with the LGBTQ+ community locally and have been a franchise dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community for over a decade. They've been doing pride nights at/before games for at least 8 years now. What Reimer is doing isn't just refusing to wear the rainbow jersey. He's sitting out warmups entirely, which I think we can all agree is actually quite noteworthy.

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u/McRibEater 13d ago edited 13d ago

This won’t go over well in San Jose me thinks. San Jose isn’t Philly.

I’d also like to link this article, which explains the confusion behind Leviticus 22.

What it actually tries to explain is incest is just as bad for males as it is females, but got misinterpreted when it was changed from Hebrew. Leviticus 18-21 all mention incest, so did 22 in the original work before a misinterpretation. One line in a book being misinterpreted has caused Billions of people to hate, which goes against the core philosophies of Christianity to begin with.

https://blog.smu.edu/ot8317/2016/05/11/leviticus-1822/

Thus, the passage should be paraphrased: “Sexual intercourse with a close male relative should be just as abominable to you as incestuous relationships with female relatives.”

All of the anti-LGBT lines in the Bible were talking about Male Incest, not how two adult Males having sex is a Sin. I’d also like to point out that 6% of all Pastors abuse Children.

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u/AsensibleAhole 13d ago

At any rate, more than one instance of kiddie diddling forfeits the right to have any fucking opinion on what adults do in privacy.

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u/maxman1313 13d ago

It's also Leviticus, and there are almost zero modern Christians who follow all the rules laid out there. Reimer himself has played games on Sundays and has worn fabrics of blended materials within the last month.

Cherry picking specific rules to follow from a text written thousands of years ago. Then translated into a version of English a thousand years ago is silly.

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u/onlyhere4laffs 13d ago

I read "A Year of Living Biblically" years ago and remember the mixed fabrics thing. The funniest thing I remember from that book was when the author had to follow the rule that said he couldn't sit anywhere a woman on her period had just been sitting (not sure of the time span) and then his wife trolled him by sitting on every flat surface in their apartment, so he couldn't sit anywhere.

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u/CatchMeWritinQWERTY 13d ago

Thanks for pointing that out, but I feel like using the Bible as an argument is a dead-end anyway with modern American Christians. There are a million things in the Bible that Christians ignore. If they are going to pick and choose and misinterpret, they will continue to do so. It’s not about logic or evidence, it’s about “faith” in whatever your pastor tells you.

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u/KingSaban 13d ago

I don’t think this is an accurate diagnosis of Reimer’s reasoning here. Imo.

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u/ZombieIMMUNIZED 13d ago

More on this is Reimer is apparently a pretty religious guy that obviously stands with the likes of Chick-fil-a and Ron DeSantis.

Whether it’s religion, or fascism, or hatred, or intolerance, or plain ignorance, is up to the average redditor to decide.

In my opinion any devote Christian should be supportive of all humans, not just the ones that adherer to Christian beliefs.

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u/Ukraineluvr 13d ago

The reason I'm not a Christian anymore is because of the Christians. The moral superiority while treating people who don't believe what they do terribly is rough.

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u/BarbarianDwight 13d ago

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”

-Gandhi (but probably not really)

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u/ceddya 13d ago

No idea why you're being downvoted. I was emotionally abused by my parents via Christianity. For all their talk about protecting children, who protects LGBT ones from such abuse?

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u/Ukraineluvr 13d ago

I don't care about upvotes or downvotes. I went to Christian schools my whole life, and watched them treating people like shit who didn't fit the mould thinking nothing of it because from the inside it looks legit. The parts of the bible about loving your neighbor, humility, compassion, all of that shit, all out the window. Not for everyone, but by and large.

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u/Banzai51 13d ago

The incoming fine for being perfectly healthy and able, but refusing to play.

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u/Exciting-Rub-6006 13d ago Silver

He can if he wants

I can boo him if I want

The rock we all live on will keep rotating in space

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u/BleedingTeal 13d ago

Based perspective. Well said.

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u/GroundbreakingAds 13d ago

I fuckin love this.

“The rock we live on will keep rotating in space”

Have a great weekend

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u/kit_caboodle 13d ago

He has every right to make me think he's a tool.

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u/Quirky_Towel4401 13d ago All-Seeing Upvote

“Is he refusing to wear the ribbon?”

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u/Stubbedtoe18 13d ago

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u/SomeJuckingGuy 13d ago

ELAINE: You know, James, just participating in warmups for Pride Night does not necessarily make you a homosexual.

(K)REIMER: It doesn’t help.

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u/midnightrambler108 13d ago

I got banned from r/hockey for posting that clip.

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u/TurbanGhetto 13d ago

lol.

You can’t post a mainstream video clip?

You have been banished to 21 days in the hole and must take woke101 classes before re-applying to r/hockey

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u/conjectureandhearsay 13d ago

VOLUNTEER: But you have to wear an AIDS ribbon.
KRAMER: I have to?
VOLUNTEER: Yes. KRAMER: Yeah, see, that’s why I don’t want to.

For him that was the simple uncomplicated reason

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u/elwo 13d ago

Kramer still did the walk, ie cared about the issue, just didn't like the aesthetics of only wearing a ribbon and not "walking the walk". Quite the opposite of this situation here as far as I know.

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u/TheTimn 13d ago

In this case wearing the ribbon is walking the walk. The teams auction the jerseys off, and the money goes towards charities.

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u/Aquinathon 13d ago edited 13d ago

Yeah but Reimer said he's not wearing the ribbon because he doesn't like gays. Not because he's forced to.

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u/justinreddit1 13d ago

It’s unreal because almost 25 years ago when approx that episode came out, I feel like nothing captures the culture of this shilling more so than the ribbon episode. It was foreshadowing the future.

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u/keysandtreesforme 13d ago

WHO?? WHO will not wear the ribbon??

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u/mihelic8 13d ago

SDP is gonna be interesting this week

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u/orangepineapplesoda 13d ago

For sure. Steve is a huge Reimer fan for how friendly and kind he was on the Leafs. Steve is also a huge LGBTQ advocate.

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u/mihelic8 13d ago

Either A. He’s going to address it and be like “he did this and I no longer support him because of it” or B. They aren’t going to address it and he won’t mention him anymore

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u/TheTimn 13d ago

He's already tweeted about it.

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u/kopitar-11 13d ago

100% A

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u/Skylink56 13d ago

He’s from Morweena, MB. They’re real Mennonite from around there.

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u/TrustworthyEnough 13d ago

Holy fuck, can they run.

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u/mwl1234 13d ago

Grew up near a big Mennonite community: can confirm this.
They run fast as fuck

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u/Szwedo 13d ago

Aylmer?

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u/mwl1234 13d ago

Mine Centre

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u/Szwedo 13d ago

Oh you're from way up north, nice!

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u/RobertsFakeAccount 13d ago

Fuckin degens from upcountry (calm down mods….. it’s a quote from Letterkenny.)

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u/SkippyMcHugsLots 13d ago

Them schmellies sure are fast.

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u/DeplorableBot11545 13d ago

Have you met the Dyck family though? Nicest Dyck’s I know!

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u/Spare-Ad-4558 13d ago

You’ve not lived until you’ve had Dyck meat in your mouth.

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u/Artistic_Network8097 13d ago

Is Anita Dyck still the matron round these parts?

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u/Skylink56 13d ago

I shit you not, I used to deliver 3/4” good 1-side oak plywood to Harry Dyck.

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u/ZobRombie65 13d ago

Who doesn’t love Harry Dyck?

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u/Boughtwithaprice 13d ago

Our dycks belong in the hands of the mennonite community

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u/TrustworthyEnough 13d ago

I used to hammer his wife's box once

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u/JohnBoyfromMN 13d ago

Fuck can they run

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u/C_Huffy 13d ago

Every single one of em

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u/Whippofunk 13d ago

That’s what I said, I said “fuck, can they run.”

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u/DashTrash21 13d ago

Dang, that's too bad. Even in the MennoMecca of Steinbach they've come a long way. It was known basically as the town from Footloose but with more car dealerships for ever. There was just a story about a Filipino-only rec basketball league in town that finally started meshing with the rest of the community. Used to call the town 'Brokebach' ironically in reference to how religious and closed off it was.

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u/duadhe_mahdi-in 13d ago

Town from footloose was Lynden Washington. Their town motto is "if you ain't dutch you ain't much."

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u/TacoPants4EVER 13d ago

THE MOON RULEZ!!!!!!

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u/Gimpy_Weasel 13d ago

Someone want to tell me who wrote “the Moon Rulez, #1” on my freakin car?!?

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u/CleavingStriker 13d ago

Only thing he'd rather avoid more is a game 7 against the Bruins

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u/artwarrior 13d ago

According to his beliefs, he lost that round because of God.

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u/poppinmollies 13d ago

Ya he's not proud of that one. Lol

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u/undercircumsized 13d ago

for what its worth (and nobody can even attempt to argue this) the NHL is literally the only sports league in the world that holds players accountable.

Deangelo gets boo’d everywhere he goes, and his rapsheet looks like afterschool detention compared to athletes from other sports

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u/halcyon_n_on_n_on 13d ago

The fans do, not the NHL.

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u/pbro42 13d ago

Can confirm. I boo’d when we traded for him.

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u/osh1738 13d ago

Actually it’s not all fans, I cheered when we traded him away

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u/DryProgress4393 13d ago

I cheered when Georgie punched him in the face.

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u/DJP-MTL 13d ago

Thank you for your service.

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u/Hustle787878 13d ago

Flyers fan here now relocated, just adding that I took great pleasure in booing him and Provorov when they came to Seattle. (Ditto with that domestic abuser Odubel Herrera when the Phillies played here.)

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u/w_d_roll_RIP 13d ago

this is not true at all, have you seen any soccer leagues, players get taunted relentlessly for being shitheads

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u/CertainlyCircumcised 13d ago

Any allegations to cheating, sexual assault, homophobia, racism, etc. will literally always be brought up regarding any player no matter when or even if the events took place.

I think people are just inclined to think it only happens in the NHL because the hockey community is so small vs other sporting communities so we hear about these events more frequently

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u/TapedGlue 13d ago

Also many hockey fans can tend to have inferiority complexes about this sport so they spin ridiculous narratives to explain just how and why hockey is the best of the four major sports

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u/SpartyParty15 13d ago

The fans aren’t the NHL

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u/BuffytheBison 13d ago

To be fair, some of this is because athletes in the NHL aren't held to the same scrutiny that athletes in more popular sports are. The NHL isn't immune from issues like domestic abuse, for example, that all sports deal with, but because there isn't the same coverage, a lot of things are swept under the rug. This is why the Hockey Canada stuff is such a huge deal. That stuff always went on, it just never recieved coverage which in turn diswayed victims from coming forward.

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u/5aliprinic854 13d ago

Social Media, where everyone has an opinion on shit that doesn’t matter at all

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u/CrazyBoDevola 13d ago

I applaud the Sharks for having the courage to still do pride night and the warm up jerseys. If Reimer sits out then that reflects on him only.

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u/Poguetry64 13d ago

And it does and will stay with him forever as it should

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u/ThisNameIsFree 13d ago

Wild and Rangers, I'm looking at you.

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u/Waffles_Remix 12d ago

Don’t worry, Wild still made time for blue lives matter night. Same same right? Not problematic at all.

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u/Mission_Cause368 13d ago

Imagine if this was for a military service night.

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u/RealPeriniScleroso 13d ago

Interesting point. Reimer is Mennonite and mennonites are also pacifists. So by his “faith” he should not participate in military service night either. But, as with all Christians, they pick what’s convenient for them.

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u/Mission_Cause368 13d ago

I did not know that. You make two very valid points!

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u/kingoftheposers 13d ago

The US military pays millions of dollars to sports leagues for the promotion, so it is not optional to take part in military service night

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u/KaCarrotCake 13d ago

Lmao where the military getting money?

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u/SaraLillySiren 13d ago

Lmao where the military getting money?

Brain ouchie

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u/HockeyPls 13d ago

Yup. Especially in the US, the military is talked about like it’s the most honourable, altruistic institution on the face of the earth. If I was in the nhl I would have to back out of military appreciation night knowing that the IMC exists to encourage conflict and impose American might upon smaller nations. How can you possibly support the military while claiming your moral values are why you object to LGBTQ+ people just wanting to experience a love life

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u/Leading_Attention_78 13d ago

“BuT tHaT’s NoT pOlItiCaL”.

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u/Sempere 13d ago

Except when they come back and talk about the horrors of war.

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u/yerbadoo 13d ago

Soldiers kill WAY more innocent people than the global LGBT community. Yet we fund the fuck out of wars.

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u/Uninformed-Driller 13d ago

Wrong! Gay soldiers kill way more than straight soldiers so that means we need to gay the fuck up! /s

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u/QuarterNote44 13d ago

I can imagine it. He would immediately be the toast of reddit.

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u/QAPetePrime 13d ago

He’s out having a manly drink with Proverov.

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u/dog-ra 13d ago

A strictly platonic manly drink, whereby the definition of "manly" does not encroach upon anything that may be misconstrued as "attractive to any members of the same sex", and the drinking of which will be conducted at a distance of at least 1.524m from one another. The drinking will be immediately terminated if there is any accidental physical contact, lingering stares, noticing of one another's phsyical form, or if a song playing in the venue contains any beats or lyrics that could promote any kind of sexualized activity (see: the moving of the hips or torso in a suggestive manner). If at any point in the evening either of them is to see a colour spectrum containing more than two (2) colours, both parties are to vacate the premises in an orderly but efficient manner lest they accidentally remember that gay people exist.

I think that about covers anything that might set these two off. Hope they enjoy that drink!

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u/_petasaurus_ 13d ago

I want to see players skip warm-up for military night. I already have all the popcorn made for everyone.

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u/GHamPlayz 13d ago

I like this idea.

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u/TheTimn 13d ago

I'm putting money aside to buy the sweater of the first player who does. (Unless they're also skipping Pride night)

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u/Ok-Champ-5854 13d ago

Or law enforcement night.

Idk anything about this guy really but he better skip all the nights or it's a little hypocritical.

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u/coolhatguy 13d ago

Media gives more attention to the people that don’t participate than the actual celebration and it takes the spotlight away

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u/elways_love_child 13d ago

He isn’t participating because is a Christian and follows the words of a man who said l “Let us Love one another and everyone that loveth is born of God”. But I guess he is selective on the words he follows.

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u/Ghost_taco 13d ago

There's nothing in the bible that condemns homosexuality. However, it does condemn perversion - you know, straight men like Josh Dugar, Jared Fogel (of Subway fame) and this list of Texas Pastors that were arrested for abusing children: https://www.newsweek.com/full-list-texas-pastors-charged-abusing-children-1765910

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/assault/bible/doesnotoppose.html

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u/BigBillSmash 13d ago

I think people forget we’re in a free country and we can do what we want. He’s free to not wear his rainbow whatever and people are free to criticize him.

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u/RipErRiley 13d ago

The same people who say that tend to be the same ones who lose it if the guy were to get penalized by the team/league for it (he won’t) or does something during an anthem.

In any case, I’m fine with letting players skip it. But they reap what they sow. Its a warmup sweater, not a blood oath.

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u/TurbanGhetto 13d ago

You make it sound so simple.

..oh, wait, it really is that simple isn’t it?

I think some people here are looking for the death penalty option.

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u/SuspiciousUsername88 13d ago edited 13d ago

I think some people here are looking for the death penalty option.

No, what's happening is that people are saying "ok fuck him then", and other people are acting like the "fuck him" people are looking for the death penalty.

for me personally - fuck him. I hope this ruins his career because there's hundreds of other people who aren't bigots who can take his place. I don't want him to go to jail. No one is saying he should. People are just making that position up to argue against because they're cowards

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u/GeneralZaroff1 13d ago

Yup this exactly. You’re free to publicly make any political message you want. And your audience will then make whatever message they want back.

You’ll win a lot of fans who hate LGBTQs, and you’ll lose some fans who don’t. That’s how it all works.

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u/vbcbandr 13d ago

I assume you'd say the same thing if he decided he couldn't play with a gay player, or a black person or a woman.

Nah, man, call out bigotry.

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u/you_are_unhinged 13d ago

The word you are unable to think of is “ribbon.”

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u/RocknRobin888 13d ago

He's free to not participate but maybe he could take it all the way and forgo his salary for this game...........I mean if he feels that strongly about pride night then he shouldn't want to be paid with money from supporters of pride night. Just sayin......

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u/star_bury 13d ago

"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."

I must have missed the part in the Bible that said to not wear a hockey jersey that supports someone born different from you. 🤣

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u/---Giga--- 13d ago

The bible also says nothing about wearing a t-shirt that says "hail Satan"

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u/nitid_name 13d ago

It's the part that says "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

... wait, no. That was that weird hippie commie bit with the brown guy from the middle east who wanted to give out free healthcare and paid his taxes. We want the angry god part where he destroys a city because some dudes wanted to bang an angel.

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u/Goondocks23 13d ago

Maybe I have a fucked up mind, but I always wonder how many of these people who speak out against homosexuality have watched porn of the same nature.

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u/mrfunderhill 13d ago

That’s a pretty salty move for a dude who showers with 29 other dudes.

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u/rideronthestorm29 13d ago

bro but i said “No homo”

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u/GROSSEMERDE 13d ago

No eye contact means not gay

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u/InternDarin 13d ago

I’m sure some people enjoy seeing themselves represented by these ‘nights’ weather pride, military, and cancer awareness; with that said, it just feels like a cash grab for some jerseys in the pro shop. Everyone is entitled to their own rights and views, so I don’t get the anger towards a stranger on the ice for not participating.

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u/screechypete 13d ago

You hit the nail on the head. As a member of the LGBT community, I don't feel a sense of inclusion or acceptance when I see these jerseys. I feel like I'm being exploited so that the NHL can make more money by pretending to care about us. On that note I wonder how many people that are upset about this actually care or are even part of the LGBT community, or are they just getting upset because that's the thing they think they're suppossed to do in this situation. Reimer sitting out doesn't bother me because I know there are people who disagree with the choices I make in my life, and that's ok. As long as they're not spewing hate speech or actively trying to hurt us, I don't see a problem with this.

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u/Huntsville_Walls 13d ago

Oh this is where they're hiding the logic. Well said

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u/JetStorm409 13d ago

Screechypete, I absolutely love your comment. I couldn't have said it better myself.

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u/matkinson56 13d ago

Because it feels like they don't think gay people should have the same rights or that there isn't an issue, when they refuse to wear pride gear. To me it's just disappointing. After 9/11, I stood up for Muslims even though I'm not religious. I support BLM even though I'm not black. Whether you think a pride night is effective or not when you choose not to participate you are sending a message that you don't agree with whatever is being supported. Right or wrong that is how it's interpreted.

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u/Agint_ReD 13d ago

Never thought I'd agree this hard with a Bruins fan, but here we are I guess.

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u/Beanbith 13d ago

Not like he shows up most games anyways. Sharks have a better chance of winning when he’s not in net.

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u/Stormaker94 13d ago

I disagree. Recently yes he's been inconsistent, but before Chrismas, he's responsible for a couple W's and even more loser points from almost stealing the games

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u/sweettartspop 13d ago

From the pearls of wisdom that is HFboards:

Just because you wear a jersey that says you support the LGBTQ community doesn't mean you agree with their lifestyle choices.
It means that you acknowledge that nobody should get the sh** kicked out of them or killed because of it.

well, at least they have a baseline…

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u/puckmama1010 13d ago

Maybe he shouldn’t play in Sunday games? Bible says that’s the Lords day and you are supposed to rest. Hate is hate

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u/Pr11mo 13d ago

The problem I have with these sorts of things is that so many people fall back on pride nights and similar things as their only show of support. Wear the jersey. Don't wear the jersey. Really doesn't make a huge difference if you don't actually DO anything. Donate money or go volunteer somewhere. Doing nothing and just "wearing the jersey" so to speak just allows organizations to use pride as a PR stunt, and allows lots of people to just appear to be on the right side without lifting a finger. Kinda like skating around for 60 mins instead of playing hockey. We hate that, right?

Oh and Reimer's further comments on the situation are very respectful.

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u/ItsAFarOutLife 13d ago

You don't actually need to 'support gay people' more than just allowing them to have the same rights as everyone else and treating them like human beings. They're not poor and they don't need hand outs. In plenty of places doing nothing is more than a lot of people do.

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u/BleedingTeal 13d ago

Yea. It's a minimum bar of not ostracizing or marginalizing them. Really not difficult to do. And yet so many stumble so hard when trying to clear that bar.

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u/anthonyhad2 13d ago

You’re wrong: people with platforms like athletes can strongly influence how people think and can encourage allyship for disrespected minorities…

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u/jtkt 13d ago

These events normalize the LGTB community, which is massive for people who have long had to hide their true identities.

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u/notesundevil 13d ago

Especially true in the sports world where homophobia still runs rampant

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u/BatmanAndMe123 13d ago

I happened to attend a Kansas baseball pride game a few years ago. When they did the kiss cam it was the most beautiful thing I’ve seen. To see people get to participate is something silly but a staple in a ballgame was powerful. Being at that game I was a part of a group that was accepting of others. It doesn’t seem like much but these nights can make an impact.

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u/you_are_unhinged 13d ago

That’s really neat; I would’ve thought it was really beautiful too !

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u/WhaleyWino235 13d ago

I may get downvoted, but this doesn’t stop the progress of the LGBTQ+ community. Also the dude has a choice, and chose not to wear it. This is a nothing burger.

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u/Plastic-Club-5497 13d ago

He’s allowed to do it if he wants. But I’m allowed to call him a hypocritical asshole for the statement he released that his goal in life was to be Christ like and “love everyone” while refusing to take part in wearing a ceremony about inclusivity.

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u/Piccolo_11 13d ago

2023 and people still discriminating others based on a book written 2000 years ago

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u/GrayRoberts 13d ago

Hockey is for everyone. Except it’s not. It makes me sad.

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u/undercircumsized 13d ago

wait til you find out how NFL players feel about gay people, or literally any sport besides hockey where they just let sexual predators like deshaun watson make half a billion dollars lol

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u/Best-Driver-8591 13d ago edited 13d ago

Watson pulled off one of the biggest heist in human history. All that guaranteed money with all those accusations… insane how dumb the Browns are.

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u/Liimbo 13d ago

That doesn't make the NHL problem any better. Setting the bar on the floor doesn't make clearing it impressive.

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u/reecewagner 13d ago

It’s never been for everyone. It’s certainly not for poor people

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u/GuestUser1982 13d ago

Hockey is for everyone. In hockey they have huge nights to show support for people of different lifestyles, and allow others who don’t support the same lifestyles based on their asinine, ignorant religious views to sit out.

The main problem with stories like this is that the focus is on the one guy who doesn’t skate around in a jersey for 7 minutes, as opposed to all the other ones who do. Shine the light on the numerous players who are out there showing support. Not on the one guy who asks to sit it out.

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u/halcyon_n_on_n_on 13d ago

This is a fair point.

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u/vbcbandr 13d ago

Nah, call out bigotry. Make it known that his actions and words aren't aligned. He can talk the talk but can't walk the walk. Him sitting is showing us what he really believes despite what he is saying.

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u/Mr_Sausage__ 13d ago

So if it’s normal warmup day he participates but because it’s pride night he won’t?

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u/Unhappy_Quarter154 13d ago

Listen y’all.

As a gay dude in SF, San Jose is a super LGBT friendly city.

The Sharks have special nights all year.

Lunar New Year, South Asian Night, Women’s History Night, the list goes on and on and on.

Every night features artwork and merch from local artists. It’s a big deal.

With that said, where were the misogynists on Women’s night? Where were the Xenophobes on Lunar New Year?

Why is this ok to speak out about but nothing else is?

Again, I’m a gay dude. But I’ve never asked for any attention, and especially never as much as a hockey player making a headline about not supporting a major part of the fan base.

Heck, I moved from Ohio after college because I was threatened by bigot coworkers. It sucks to be born one way, and those religious assholes who preach “love” chase you out of your own hometown.

And now I’m a sharks fan and our shit ass goalie needs a spotlight. Of course

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u/Calligrapher-Extreme 13d ago Gold

Omg who cares, boo him if you want, don't boo him. I don't give a crap about any of these people's personal opinions. Just play hockey.

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u/jtww 13d ago Gold Bravo!

Can't he just not care and suck it up also? Just play hockey?

Why is this a one way street. Guy is employed by a league that has a pride night. I wish we could all pick and choose what we want to do in our jobs.

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u/VelvetHobo 12d ago

Riemer won't wear rainbow "because religion" but will wear camo in support of the military despite being of the Mennonite faith, which holds pacifism as a core, fundamental belief.

Methinks Riemer is really just another bigot.

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u/LeadershipOwn 13d ago

Who cares people don't have to like gay people everyone is entitled to whatever belief they want just move on with your life there is plenty of other big problems besides something this dumb

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u/flat_footed_gringo 13d ago

Reimer jerseys about to sell out online

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u/Quartz_Knee 12d ago

Using the good ole “I’m a Christian” excuse.

Classy. /s

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u/SL_1983 13d ago

"Standing up for what he believes in..."

Believes in... checks notes... God.

Doesn't believe in... rechecks notes... Gay People.

Yeah that tracks like a bigoted train wreck.

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u/higglejiggle 13d ago

Oh no, anyways.

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u/O-Furry-1 13d ago

Nobody tell him that there have been gay people since there have been people. The whole anti gay thing is as dumb as racism. Thanks religion.

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u/SquiblyWibly 13d ago

Who gives a fuck? It's hockey. Why does absolutely everything have to turn into a special event for special people trying to force everyone else to agree that they're special.

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u/tootnine 13d ago

What a softy, lol. You wanna get this guy off his game? Tell him all people deserve respect, inclusion, and tolerance. He'll fucking crumble

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u/moderatesoul 13d ago

Why are these players such fucking babies? By babies, I mean bigots.

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u/CKohlman97 13d ago

While there's nothing wrong with James Reimer or anyone else for that matter being a Christian or any religion for that matter it's fucked up that it's become the go-to rebuttal for situations like this b/c taking part in what the Sharks are doing tonight is one of the smallest ways to show the world that the LGBTQ+ community exists, are human beings & deserve all the rights that come along with that, especially b/c Christianity like most if not all religions preach being a good person & kind to your fellow human.

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u/theTallBoy 13d ago

Remember when the US had a collective shit-gasim breakdown when NFL players chose to kneel?

The fact that no one cares and mostly agrees with these assholes shows why Pride Nights are so important.

These players are intolerant and hateful. fuck-em.

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u/GLFR_59 13d ago

Nobody in the LGBTQ+ community cares what the NHL does. This is so irrelevant to their cause there is no point in commenting on it.

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u/privatestudy 13d ago edited 13d ago Gold Starry

As a queer person who loves hockey these nights aren’t for me. It’s for the kid that is closeted and finds one connection with family via sports. Representation matter. These acts are small, but the impact ripples. To see your favorite player not support who are you as a person can be heart breaking. Yeah, players are human, but they’re also getting paid to put on the jersey and show support. Edit: grammar

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u/kiptheenglish 13d ago

This was the take I was scrolling and hoping to find.

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u/Ph1llyth3gr8 13d ago

This needs to be top comment. There’s so many layers to this.

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u/psifusi 13d ago

I love who you are and this should be a top comment <3.

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u/privatestudy 13d ago

Thank you!

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u/undercircumsized 13d ago

this. every gay friend i have understands basic pandering and views it as performative exploitation to hopefully sell a few rainbow jerseys and earn goodboy news points for 15 minutes

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u/happydontwait 13d ago

For what it’s worth it means something to me. As a huge sports participant and fan as a kid I think it would have been great to see things like Pride Night by my idols growing up, pro athletes.

But they didnt do this sort of stuff in the 90s. Im a big fan of it, but I don’t buy any merch.

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u/IcePokeTwoSoon 13d ago

As a bi dude, I bought a rainbow jersey, and wear it with pride. That said, you are spot on, and I don’t care about this guys decision. He’s not spouting hate, he’s just simply not accepting, and that’s fine. It’s corporate shilling just like the pride flags in June. My view is I’m going to buy a jersey anyways so I’ll buy one that doubles for what I believe in.

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u/vbcbandr 13d ago

Let's be honest though: society more readily accepts bi people (especially bi women) vs. gay men.

Pride Night isn't just for LGBTQ+ fans, it's showing that community that they are supported everywhere. It's saying, "I see you, I respect you and I support you". I have no idea why people would dismiss Pride Night, especially when we see so many people buying Provorov jerseys. None of those people owned a Provorov jersey until he actively chose to dismiss LGBTQ+ people. Same thing will happen with Reimer.

If you can't show up and skate with a Pride jersey for ten minutes, you sure as fuck aren't going to show up when it actually matters.

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u/SovietCanuckistan420 13d ago

I don’t know if I would say that bi people are more accepted, I think the shit we put up with comes in different flavours. Bi women get: “Oh, that’s hot” or asked for threesomes. Bi men get: “Your really just gay, right?” and gay guys think we’ll just end up marrying women.

I find Pride Night useful for outing the homophobes in the league. I can guarantee you Reimer isn’t skipping out cause he thinks Pride Night is performative and that the league isn’t doing enough. It’s cause he thinks so poorly of the LGBTQ community that he refuses to be associated with it in even the most meagre way.

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u/punkslime 13d ago

You missed me in your survey of gays, I do care.

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u/Jrkrey92 13d ago

First of all, all us straight dudes need to stop saying we speak for the entire LGBTQ+ community. Also I cannot fathom why on earth people have a problem wearing a rainbow jersey for a single warm-up once a year. Just to show that everyone's equal..

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u/screechypete 13d ago

As a member of the LGBT community, IDGAF whether someone sits out or not. Everyone gets on their high horse about acceptance, but forcing someone to participate in something that goes against their beliefs is the exact oposite of accepting. As long as he's not actively spewing hate speech or trying to inflict pain onto others, who cares if he doesn't participate. Just let the guy play hockey. I may get downvoted for saying this, but with so many people getting mad on our behalf I felt like I needed to say it.

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u/MtnyCptn 13d ago

I mean, he can definitely do what he likes. But we are also allowed to get angry at bigoted behaviour. You also don’t speak for our whole community.

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u/keyserfunk 13d ago

Wow, at least the Russians could hide behind the Putin anti-gay laws as an ostensible excuse.

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u/AnitaWhore 13d ago

Going to go ahead and bookmark this. I'll circle back when someone outs him or he comes out of the closet himself. Story as old as time.

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u/PkinPie 13d ago

Way to take something that has nothing to do with you and try to make it about you. This dude needs to get a life.

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u/InsertNovelAnswer 13d ago

My work was going to participate in Pride so I decided I wasn't going to show up until 45 minutes after my shift starts and my boss was cool with it... said no other occupation ever.

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u/Captobvious75 13d ago

So whats his position? People say it doesn’t matter but as a fellow human- how much does he look down upon another group of peaceful humans?

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u/BreadMancbj 13d ago

He has every right to. Nhl needs to quit putting their players in situations like this . They are hockey players .

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u/saltyshart 13d ago

No veterans night, no playing on religious holidays, etc. There is so many 'situations' a player can be in. If a player choses to be a shithead people can call him that.

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u/vivalass 13d ago

Jeez, I can’t imagine how it would go down if I told my boss I was too homophobic to do my job. Don’t imagine I’d have one for long.

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u/Cash_man 13d ago

“I love you, but I will not show or prove that I love you”

My god it’s 2023

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u/mattyshaman234 13d ago

Idk about y’all but my gaydar is going off with that guy.

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u/GodLikePlaya 13d ago

He is free to not support whatever he pleases. In no way should he be punished for this.

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u/KidcoreJae 13d ago

I’m a pretty active advocate for LGBTQ rights, and I don’t agree with this backlash. He didn’t do anything hateful, he just doesn’t feel comfortable promoting it. If you told me I had to wear an anti abortion jersey I’d refuse as well. Free speech does work both ways 🤷‍♀️

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u/Candid_Chapter2221 12d ago

A night about respecting people’s decisions. But we can’t respect someone else’s decisions. How ironic

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