San Jose Sharks Tweet LGBTQ+ Facts Instead Of Game Info, Goalie Doesn't Wear Pride Jersey

Hey, heads up San Jose Sharks fans: you couldn't get updates during the team's Saturday night meeting with the New York Islanders on Twitter because the feed was dedicated to tweeting LGBTQIA+ content.

Prior to the game, the team announced that instead of tweeting score updates and highlights, the Twitter account will embrace Pride Night (while ignoring why people follow sports teams on Twitter) by tweeting LGBT!+ facts instead.

"Our hope is that this content will serve as a reminder that there are issues more important than goals, highlights, and wins," the team said in a statement on Twitter.

This is a pretty bizarre move for a team to totally blow off one of their own games in favor of blasting LGBTQ+ info at their followers. The same followers who thought they had followed a hockey team.

But you know what? That's their prerogative, and if they want to alienate a subset of their fans they can.

That's just one of the consequences of going the performative progressive route like this. This attempt at scrounging up left-wing brownie points could cost them legitimate paying fans while at best getting a pat on the back from people who will never watch another Sharks game as long as they live.

But again, that's their decision.

Reimer Announced He Won't Wear A Pride jersey

Speaking of people's decisions, the Sharks should be commended for the tweet they sent immediately after the one saying they weren't going to tweet about hockey. It was a statement from goalie James Reimer saying that due to his Christian beliefs, he would not be joining his teammates in wearing Pride Night jerseys (sorry EJ Hradek).

Reimer explained that he has been a Christian his entire NHL career, doesn't have any hate in his heart, and strives to treat everyone with respect.

"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," his statement reads.

As bizarre as not tweeting game night updates is, the Sharks handled this situation the right way.

The Sharks May Have Played This One Right... In A Sane World

If the organization wants to go full-on into wokeism and tweet LGBTQ+ facts for clout, have at it.

However, they deserve credit for not only allowing Reimer to make his own decision but also amplifying his beliefs via their Twitter account. The same Twitter account that will be a virtual hockey desert on Saturday night.

The whole argument behind not making players wear pride jerseys is a personal choice. While you may not like it, personal choice is a two-way street. The folks in the Sharks organization have that freedom to make their own decision on the matter too.

They want to lean into Pride Night. James Reimer would like to distance himself from it. The organization respected both perspectives.

In a sane world, that's a win-win situation.

Except, we don't live in a sane world. Sanity and reason went out of style like spats and penny farthing bicycles. It's long gone.

The Left Only Cares Who Doesn't Wear The Jersey

Reimer was met with some predictable woke backlash from people who seem to not respect religious choices. Tara Slone, a Sharks host and contributor, claimed "a lot of us are disappointed. We were hoping the whole team would show this act of solidarity, inclusion and acceptance."

She further implied there was going to be a "ripple effect" and she's "wondering what's going on." Apparently, not wearing a pride jersey is a major red flag.

Progressives don't care who wears the jersey, they only care who doesn't wear the jersey.

Other teams have had Pride Nights aside from the Flyers, Rangers, Islanders, Wild, and now Sharks. Did you hear about them? No, they wore the jerseys! There's no one to rip to shreds!

The Lightning held one on March 7. The Coyotes held one on March 5.

Why isn't the Left holding those players and organizations up as shining beacons of inclusivity?

I'll tell you: they don't care. They just want to rage against anyone who does anything that disagrees with them. To them, it's a sport.

Ironically, it also manifests itself in sports far more than most people would prefer.

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Matt is a University of Central Florida graduate and a long-suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Orlando, Florida. He can usually be heard playing guitar, shoe-horning obscure quotes from The Simpsons into conversations, or giving dissertations to captive audiences on why Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time.