Rays’ Nick Anderson Backs Teammates Over Decision Not To Wear ‘Pride Night’ Logo On Uniform

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When the Tampa Bay Rays hosted “Pride Night” at Tropicana Field Saturday, five team relievers declined to wear rainbow-colored logos on their uniforms.

Among the players were Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson, per the Tampa Bay Times. Adam served as the spokesperson for the group after the Rays’ 3-2 loss to the White Sox and said it was a “hard decision.”

“So it’s a hard decision,” Adam said. “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.

“… 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.

St. Petersburg, Florida – June 4, 2022: A close-up of the rainbow-colored logo the Rays wore on their uniforms during “Pride Night” at Tropicana Field. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Adam’s comments received pushback from some in the MLB community, with Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty tweeting out “Absolute joke,” in response to the players’ decisions. Fellow Rays reliever Nick Anderson, who is on the 60-day injured list, came out in support of his teammates’ right to make their own decision in a Twitter post Monday.

Anderson’s response was rare, as the 31-year-old had only tweeted eight times since the beginning of 2020 and not once since the season began in April. Anderson received both criticism and support from Twitter users, prompting him to tweet out a follow-up statement late Monday night.

“To all of you who are trying to find any little thing to twist and make someone look bad for saying something that they never said, whatever you got going on in your life making you this way, just know that it will all be okay!” Anderson wrote. “Much love.”

Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the game Saturday that the organization supports players’ decisions to wear or not wear the logos on their uniforms.

“First and foremost, I think the organization has done a really good thing to have Pride Nights supporting our gay community to come out and have a nice night at the ballpark,” Cash said. “Impressed that our players have had those conversations and we want to support our players that choose to wear or choose not to wear to the best of our capabilities.”

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. This is more about destroying democracy and the implementation of a socialist agenda and for shaming people for not getting in line with the cause of the day. I could care less what you do in your bedroom, but where does it say anywhere that a person, a business or a sports team has to celebrate it and why do I get condemned if I don’t.

    Socialism sucks.

  2. The thing I don’t understand about the whole pride movement is; what rights do you want that you don’t already have? Gay marriage was legalized like 10+ years ago. There’s been no substantial fight to overturn that ruling. It’s already illegal to discriminate for jobs, housing, adoption, etc. for the LGBT. The only things left are bathrooms, women’s sports, and irreversible drugs/surgeries for kids.

    I would say back in the day the LGBT actually had reasonable objectives and goals w/ the catalyst being marriage. I personally have no problem w/ the LGB but the T and where things are trending w/ the normalization/promotion of that is where I would draw the line. If you’re an adult who wants to chop off your peterman, more power to ya. Puberty blockers, hormones, and grooming for kids is where it goes too far. The lines are getting blurry between tolerance, acceptance, and promotion.

    All of this is a result of when a movement outlives its purpose.

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