Some Tampa Bay Rays players retire from Pride Night uniforms

Some Tampa Bay Rays players retire from Pride Night uniforms

The Tampa Bay Rays celebrated their 16th Pride Night in their game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. But since the team encouraged inclusiveness in society, the idea was far from unifying in the Rays clubhouse.

Several Rays players, including pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson declined to wear the special caps with a multicolored Tampa Bay logo, opting instead for the everyday ones.

The team also added a rainbow sunburst to the uniform sleeve for the game, similar to what the San Francisco Giants did to support the LGTBQ community. Players and staff were not required to participate and several chose to remove the sticker.

During Sautrday's Pride Night game, the Tampa Bay Rays featured alternate logos on their uniform sleeves, along with a rainbow logo cap.  However, some players peeled the decals off their sleeves and opted to wear their regular caps.

“A lot of it comes down to faith, loving a faith-based decision,” Adam said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “So it’s a tough decision. Because at the end of the day we’ve all said what we want is for them to know that everyone is welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our body, I think a lot of guys decided it was just a lifestyle that maybe – not that they looked down on anybody or thought differently – it’s just that maybe we didn’t want encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from this behavior, just as (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual man to abstain from sex outside boundaries of marriage. It’s no different.”

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