Several Rays players break with the organization’s Pride Night logos, citing religious reasons

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Some Tampa Bay Rays players reportedly broke the organization’s support of the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday during the team’s Pride Night against the Chicago White Sox.

Most Rays players wore rainbow logos on their caps and sleeves. But the Tampa Bay Times noted that pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson were among those who didn’t wear the support logos.

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jalen Beeks (68) reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Jake Burger of the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning on Saturday, June 4, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Adam made a statement on behalf of the players who opted out citing religious beliefs.

“A lot of it comes down to faith, to keeping a faith-based decision. So it’s a tough decision. Because in the end we’ve all said what we want is for them to know that everyone is welcome and loved here,” he said. he. through the Tampa Bay Times.

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“But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anyone or think differently — it’s just that we might not want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus.” , who has encouraged us to lead a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just as (Jesus) encourages me as a straight man to abstain from sex outside the bounds of marriage. It is no different.

The Tampa Bay Rays Pride Burst logo celebrates Pride Month during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field on June 4, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Tampa Bay Rays Pride Burst logo celebrates Pride Month during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field on June 4, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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“It’s not judgmental. It doesn’t look down. It’s exactly what we believe in the lifestyle he has encouraged us to live, for our good, not to hold back. But again, we love these men and women , we care about them and we want them to make you feel safe and welcome here.”

According to the paper, the Rays wanted full participation from all players, but gave them the option to sign up.

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Kevin Kiermaier told the Tampa Bay Times that he wanted everyone who visits Tropicana Field to watch the team play “to feel welcome and involved and encourage us.”

Drew Rasmussen (57) of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch to the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Tropicana Field on June 4, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Drew Rasmussen (57) of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch to the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Tropicana Field on June 4, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Saturday was the 16th Pride Night of the Rays. The San Francisco Giants have also held Pride Nights to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

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