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San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer refuses to wear Pride-themed jersey

The San Jose Sharks’ Pride Night, which took place Saturday at SAP Center, was supposed to be a fun and meaningful event. The team created a Pride warmup jersey, served up rainbow-colored sushi and partnered with Adolescent Counseling Services, a local nonprofit that supports LGBTQIA+ youth.

But the evening was marred earlier in the day when Sharks goalie James Reimer announced via an official statement that he would not be taking part in the festivities and refused to wear the Pride-themed warmup jersey.

“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,” Reimer wrote in his statement, which was shared by the Sharks.