Some MLB Players are Removing Pride Logos From Uniforms

"We don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus ... "

June 6, 2022

TRUE NEWS – Several Tampa Bay Rays players removed rainbow logos from their jerseys before taking the field this weekend for the team’s annual Pride Night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, referring to LGBTQ identity as a “lifestyle.”

Pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs, and Ryan Thompson were among the players who reportedly peeled a special rainbow version of the team’s logo from their uniforms and chose to wear their usual caps instead of the special Pride-themed version featuring the Rays’ “TB” logo cast in the colors of the LGBTQ flag.

Adam, who was chosen by team officials to speak for the players, said:

“A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision.

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“So it’s a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here.”

“But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like [Jesus] encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different.”

He insisted their decision was not based in judgement and that LGBTQ people was welcome at Rays games:

“We love these men and women, we care about them, and we want them to feel safe and welcome here” … 

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