San Jose Sharks Goalkeeper James Reimer has defended his decision to ditch the Pride jersey and miss warming up altogether before a game earlier this month.
Reimer cited his religious beliefs, as have others this season, as a reason for not wearing the T-shirt to show support for the LGBTQ+ community in San Jose. In an interview with The Athletic and San Jose Hockey Now, Reimer was asked about his thoughts on transgender people.
“I guess I’ll just refer to my statement about that. My beliefs in Christ, what I think the Bible says about those things. But people, no matter their orientation or activity or whatever, have worth and value. I’m going to do my best to love them, in the best way I can.” I know her.” “I don’t think there is a limit per se. And it may be, I don’t know if it’s hard for people to understand or not.
“But what I said, especially the last statement, everyone has value and worth. I’ll tell you, I hope people know this isn’t just a line I said. I have a heart for people. It doesn’t matter what you did in the past, what you do, etc. I don’t want to keep it.” [referring to my statement] Over and over again, right? But I obviously have my own beliefs and things that I can’t personally endorse. But man, you love the person, and you try and do everything you can to get to know them or something. I guess that’s what I should say.”
Reimer said he didn’t think through some of the criticism he’d received.
“It’s not that I don’t care, but it’s not a decision where on that Friday night I was like, ‘Oh, this is what I’m going to do.'” “It’s something I’ve thought about for a long time, maybe about a year. I tried to go to incredible lengths to try to say something as sensitive and decent as possible and try to get all the points across. I tried to take it all into account,” he said.
“I’ve seen some comments here and there. I don’t want to say I’ve thought about all (the reaction) before or thought about what led up to it. I don’t quite know or have something incredibly wise. But it’s something I’ve thought about a lot and tried to be interested. it as much as possible.”
At first Reimer cited him Christian beliefs When he refused to put on a warm-up jersey again on March 18th.
“Throughout the 13 years of my NHL career, I’ve 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 and follow everyone.” “I have no hate in my heart for anyone, and have always endeavored to treat everyone I encounter with respect and kindness.
“In this specific case, I am choosing not to agree to something that goes against my personal convictions that are based on the Bible, which is the highest authority in my life.”