Brian Burke Shames James Reimer for Boycotting Pride Jerseys

Published March 19, 2023 at 12:58

Recently, James Reimer has made the news for his refusal to wear a pride jersey during the San Jose Sharks warmup on Pride Night. This refusal has caused a lot of backlash.

Reimer Refused to Wear a Pride Jersey

Reimer also dragged former Leafs teammate Nazem Kadri into the argument, due to his Muslim faith, stating:

"In Toronto, Nazem Kadri as a teammate, loved him to death. I don't know exactly the extent of his faith, his Muslim faith. But he's a Muslim. I think you could talk to him and ask him if I treated him any different. I love him. I competed with him on the ice, we joked around, we did life together. And yet, people would understand if I wouldn't be able to wear a Muslim jersey in warmups, promoting the Muslim faith, being a Christian and a follower in Christ. He himself would fully understand that."

Reimer has also recently doubled down on his refusal to wear a pride jersey in a recent statement, he also acknowledged that this decision has lost him a lot of support from fans



The President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins has recently made a statement in which he expressed his disappointment that certain players were refusing to wear pride jerseys.

"I repeat that I am extremely disappointed. I wish players would understand that pride sweaters are about inclusion and welcoming everybody. A player wearing pride colors or tape isn't endorsing a set of values or enlisting in a cause! He is saying you are welcome here. And you are, in every single NHL building"

Pride jerseys are causing significant controversy for all the wrong reasons, hockey should be for everyone.

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March 19   |   847 answers
Brian Burke Shames James Reimer for Boycotting Pride Jerseys

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