TAMPA, FL – According to a report from Just the News, numerous players from MLB team the Tampa Bay Rays are refusing to adorn rainbow-laden logos on their uniforms meant to celebrate the LGBT community, claiming the patches run at odds with their religious beliefs.
Team president Matt Silverman said that the addition of these rainbow-colored patches/insignias to the uniforms and hats of players as being part of the team’s celebration of “Pride Nights.”
“Our Pride Nights continue to grow both in terms of visibility and participation. By doing this, we extend an invitation not just for this game but for all of our games that the LGBTQ+ community is invited, welcomed, and celebrated.”
However, when it comes to matters revolving around the LGBT lifestyle – not everyone is going to be on board with the idea of promoting the behavior associated with said community.
Tampa Bay Ray pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs, and Ryan Thompson were among those who decided to remove the rainbow-laden burst logo on the uniform and wear the standard Tampa Bay Rays cap during the game on June 4th.
Speaking on the behalf of his teammates who opted out of adorning the pro-LGBT insignias, Adam spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about the matter, saying that the decision was mostly related to personal religious beliefs.
“A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision. 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.”
The Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher added, “It’s not judgmental. It’s not looking down. It’s just what we believe the lifestyle he’s encouraged us to live, for our good, not to withhold. But again, we love these men and women, we care about them, and we want them to feel safe and welcome here.”
Team officials confirmed that the wearing of the pro-LGBT patches/insignias was left as a choice for the players, but admitted that they would’ve appreciated full participation from the team.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said that the team wants “to support our players that choose to wear or choose not to wear [the pride logos] to the best of our capabilities.”