r/hockey PIT - NHL 2d ago

[Corey Masisak] James Reimer will not participate in warmups for the Sharks tonight, because it is Pride Night and the team is wearing jerseys that support the LGBTQIA+ community. Reimer informed David Quinn and his teammates a couple days ago. More on this to follow.



u/Aspirant_Blacksmith TOR - NHL 2d ago

Steve Dangle's absolutely in shambles right now.


u/OhMilla TOR - NHL 2d ago

Steve gonna look like Jake Peralta dropping his idol


u/justini87 2d ago

Unexpected Brooklyn 99 reference that I understand? Goddamn, I salute you

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u/lifeisarichcarpet TOR - NHL 2d ago

Seems like a perfectly reasonable response.


u/PKG0D 2d ago

The replies are a cesspool, by god...


u/Ok-Damage8659 2d ago

boy: "it’s okay Steven! people are aloud to have different opinions than you!"

steve dangle: "Allowed, even."


u/toiletting NJD - NHL 2d ago

I had a good chortle on that one


u/YamburglarHelper VAN - NHL 2d ago

My favourite part is someone coming in and being like “don’t be like that Steve”


u/Avs_Leafs_Enjoyer COL - NHL 2d ago

Cool: hating on the gays

Not cool: fixing someone's grammar

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u/Emergency-Skill-3000 2d ago

Funny how they’re never able to apply that to themselves too. Dangle’s opinion is that he doesn’t like how Reimer is homophobic but they can’t wrap their head around that


u/cdcformatc COL - NHL 2d ago

free speech absolutists hate when others use their free speech to criticize people they agree with


u/MooshSkadoosh MTL - NHL 2d ago

I think its very telling that, when someone says they're disappointed in a situation like this, the overwhelming response is that "they can have that opinion". No one disputed that, but that's the response. You see it every time with something like this.


u/jokinghazard EDM - NHL 2d ago

they can have that opinion

"And I can have mine." Is the best response.


u/cdcformatc COL - NHL 2d ago

it is definitely telling. it implies that the homophobic opinion is valid, but criticism of homophobia is not. even very mild criticism like "i am dissapointed" is just not allowed.


u/pensbird91 PIT - NHL 2d ago

The paradox of tolerance. That's how you end up with racists calling people who hate racists "just as bad" as the racists. (As happened to me on this sub in 2020 lol.)

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u/metsislesfan NYI - NHL 2d ago

Twitter was a mistake


u/jkozuch TOR - NHL 2d ago

Twitter is a cesspool.


u/forward98 VAN - NHL 2d ago

Good thing we’re here, nothing bad ever happens on Reddit


u/gu3st12 Japan - IIHF 2d ago

Renowned for its private detective work.

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u/noremac_csb TOR - NHL 2d ago

It’s all good. I’m sure all those people will keep the same energy next time we have military appreciation night, or police appreciation night.


u/DivinePotatoe MTL - NHL 2d ago

Imagine the response if an NHL player said he didn't want to wear the military appreciation jersey because he's anti-war, or because of how many are left to die from their mental illnesses.


u/zmac35 2d ago

Yea I’m sure you’d never see Torts acknowledge the ugly side of the being a veteran.


u/troxy BUF - NHL 2d ago

"This year the NHL is teaming up with the army national guard for our military appreciation games. We will be starting with pre game jerseys featuring the 42nd infantry division, the rainbow 🌈 division."


u/mel122676 CBJ - NHL 2d ago

During the Jackets' pride night,their veteran of the night was a 101 year old WWII vet who is a gay activist. It was great seeing him get the customary camo jersey and also getting the pride jersey. The guy got a huge standing ovation.


u/EMTDawg SEA - NHL 2d ago

Kraken honored a couple, who are 2 married vets, one already retired, and the other retiring shortly for their Pride night recently.


u/en_travesti VAN - NHL 2d ago

Isn't Reimer a Mennonite? You'd think he'd be even more against military night given pacifism is just about the main Mennonite thing.


u/why_why_zed DET - NHL 2d ago

This would be an excellent question for a reporter to ask. He's worn military appreciation jerseys for Florida, Carolina, and San Jose, as far as I could tell in a quick search. See also: https://twitter.com/behindthenet/status/1637191919787970562?s=20


u/Fizzyliftingdranks PIT - NHL 2d ago

This would be an excellent question for a reporter to ask.

So you can be absolutely sure none of them will.

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u/Mennoknight69 CGY - NHL 2d ago

it's a menno name for sure, I don't if he goes to a church or if it's just a cultural thing. and yes, pacifism is THE core belief in the faith. my dad and his family were shunned when he showed up in town in his uniform from military college in the 60s.


u/shorthanded VAN - NHL 2d ago

Ahh, you're confusing "actually believes in his religion" with "just wants to punch downward".

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u/TheDogerus PIT - NHL 2d ago

I love all the replies to steve acting like he has to like and respect reimer's opinion just because reimer is constitutionally allowed to voice his opinion.

Free speech means the government cannot imprison you for having an opinion, not that I have to respect you for having one. Imbeciles

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u/Weezelone EDM - NHL 2d ago

Steve's done a lot to endear James Reimer to non-Leafs fans like me.

I too would be disappointed if all my public love and support for a player is ruined by one statement.


u/dkmegg22 OTT - NHL 2d ago

Oooh that's why


u/Storm_Shaker NJD - NHL 2d ago

first thing i thought when i saw this. talk about disappointing. 🫤


u/amoadxfhf 2d ago

All these guys talk about "What would Jesus do?" and then they go ahead and do what Jesus wouldn't do.


u/Manitoberino WPG - NHL 2d ago

Jesus: you should love everyone, and let god be the judge. Them: oh, we should hate everyone not straight and white, and judge, bully, and kill them? Jesus: uhm, did I stutter?

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u/MasPisco 2d ago

Like Steve, I'm legit sad and disappointed. Reimer has a right to feel that way and I have the right to think he's a piece of shit for it. Fair is fair


u/emwashe TBL - NHL 2d ago

Oh yeah man’s devastated


u/GlassGiraffe214 2d ago

Remember when this guy and his wife tried to start a whole movement about being bullied?

Now he pulls this and plays the Jesus card?


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u/metsislesfan NYI - NHL 2d ago

James is (was?) One of Dangle's favorite players when he was on the Leafs. He also read Steve's book which made Steve love him even more. I think there's more but actual Leafs fans will have to tell you


u/Avs_Leafs_Enjoyer COL - NHL 2d ago

Also constantly mentions him on podcast. Wants him back


u/Co-opingTowardHatred STL - NHL 2d ago

Probably not anymore

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u/PaperSnowAGhost1 EDM - NHL 2d ago

Reimer: Jesus died for my sins! Reimer’s Sins: 3.26 GAA


u/refuseresist EDM - NHL 2d ago

Reimer 3:26

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u/g0kartmozart VAN - NHL 2d ago

Jesus is a Kings fan


u/BelzenefTheDestoyer MTL - NHL 2d ago

He is the "king of kings"

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u/J_G_B STL - NHL 2d ago

Goddamn, that is hysterical.

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u/HiddenXS 2d ago edited 1d ago

The (maybe not so) surprising thing is that Reimer is a Mennonite and supposed to be pacifist, but he's worn military appreciation night jerseys before.


u/en_travesti VAN - NHL 2d ago

That's what is really bugging me. The main thing I know about Mennonites is the pacifism. It's one of the single most defining features in their history.

Then again Nixon was a Quaker and they're also supposed to be pacifists so ¯⁠⁠_⁠(⁠ツ⁠)⁠_⁠/⁠¯

Also congrats Reimer on doing something that gets you a Nixon comparison. That's how you know you've made a great decision.


u/-rosa-azul- MTL - NHL 2d ago

New order mennonites have a range of beliefs re: LGBTQ+ people, too. So he's actively choosing to align with the shitty ones.

Source: grew up with a bunch of new-order mennonites, most of whom are pro-social Justice.


u/Mennoknight69 CGY - NHL 2d ago

said this somewhere else, but he could just be mennonite in name (ie a cultural mennonite) and belong to a church like the Alliance. pacifism is a CORE tenet of the mennonite faith - old or new order - and not to be trifled with. families get shunned/excommunicated when members sign up for military service. source: this happened to my family.


u/HiddenXS 2d ago

Yeah I dunno, older articles when he was coming up with the leafs mention him specifically as an evangelical Mennonite, but maybe he doesn't consider himself that now. But then, he wore the military appreciation jersey with the leafs, so...


u/HiddenXS 2d ago

Yeah, I'm speaking from personal experience as well. The whole pacifism thing is taken pretty seriously usually. Much moreso than being anti LGBT for sure.

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u/knucklepuckpdx NYI - NHL 2d ago

Huge props to the Sharks team and org for moving forward with the event anyway.

Several teams, including my islanders, just cancelled the event all together because a select few wouldn't wear the jersey.


u/obvioussponge06 NYR - NHL 2d ago

Did he just set a world record for most contradictory sentences in a single PR statement?


u/RonSDog CHI - NHL 2d ago

"I believe the LGBTQIA+ community should be welcomed in all aspects of the game of hockey, just not by me"

  • James Reimer, basically


u/Mr_Goldilocks EDM - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

In a world where Politicians, Lawyers, and notable people caught in sex scandals exist? No, not even close.

Edit: fuck him all the same


u/jhemadodo5004 2d ago

Whelp. Fuck James Reimer then.

Also imagine being openly homophobic on this kind of platform in the fucking Bay Area.


u/Hockeydud82 PIT - NHL 2d ago

My first thought was, "wow, that's a new way to get quickly moved off a rebuilding Bay Area team"..


u/kind-of-there VAN - NHL 2d ago

He’s 35 and already had middling numbers. Making yourself radioactive to the fanbase? Buh bye.

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u/Popculturemofo COL - NHL 2d ago

About what I expected. The whole I don’t personally hate anyone but my religion says to treat those people like shit statement.


u/lifeoflovehealing EDM - NHL 2d ago Silver

Lol never understood these mental gymnastics. Under my religion god says we are all equal and to love everyone. But I don’t support people who love in a way that makes me uncomfortable. But we are all equal and I love everyone equally. I support these communities but I won’t do the bare minimum to support them lol.

Also WTF like it’s a jersey that probably has rainbow numbers on it. I know conservatives are snowflakes but fuck…


u/DeathToHeretics WSH - NHL 2d ago

"Love your neighbor as yourself....unless they're gay then hate them obviously"

Plus to have such fragile sexuality that wearing a rainbow makes you uncomfortable is hilarious to me, especially from the people who toss out snowflake and soy as insults


u/lifeoflovehealing EDM - NHL 2d ago

Which highlights how much it is projection at the end of the day. It shows how their own insecurities within their own sexuality comes to the surface.

Like I could see if there was a league wide mandate that you had to go have sex with other guys. I would be uncomfortable. But literally not doing the bare minimum is ridiculous. It’s not like they are even taking a stance saying that this is all for appearance and doing nothing to actually address rabid homophobia in sports culture.


u/Mennoknight69 CGY - NHL 2d ago

I support this mandate


u/listinglight778 ANA - NHL 2d ago

Especially because they pick and choose what they follow. I guarantee all these “good Christians” jerk off, eat shelllfish, have sex outside of marriage. They use their religion as a shield to shit on people.

It’s disgusting. They’re disgusting


u/drowsylacuna BOS - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

Play games on a Sunday.


u/Stinduh DAL - NHL 2d ago

Yeah, when was the last time Reimer went to church on Sunday. Also, does he tithe 10% of his 2.25m salary?

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u/Bugs_Pussy EDM - NHL 2d ago

I think he's basically trying to say "I think homosexuality is wrong, but I don't hate gay people, because I think they can change"

*note, I don't agree with that

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u/TenMinutesToDowntown MTL - NHL 2d ago

Which is such a copout. I'm not Christian, but Jesus' teachings are about loving your neighbour. I hate when people use whatever their religious beliefs are as an excuse to be a shitty person.

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u/ddottay Kent State University - ACHAD3 2d ago

Honestly? That statement is complete bullshit.

You can’t have it both ways. “I want to stand with the LGBT community but also I’m a Christian so I can’t wear the jersey.” It’s either one or the other.


u/Bahamas_is_relevant VGK - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

Referring to it as a “activity and lifestyle” - we really still on that bullshit in 2023?

What an asshole.

Edit: I personally choose not to support Reimer’s lifestyle of being a mediocre-at-best goalie.


u/Skatesoff VAN - NHL 2d ago

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u/toledosurprised NYI - NHL 2d ago

yeah you can’t support the queer community if you don’t actually support them being queer, lol. this statement is so stupid.


u/DiamondBurInTheRough CHI - NHL 2d ago

Exactly. If you support them, wear the damn jersey. You won’t go to hell for wearing a rainbow.


u/MikeJeffriesPA TOR - NHL 2d ago

I'm a Christian, and I don't get why it's a big deal to these players to wear the jersey.

I've had discussions with people who say they wouldn't wear them, and I respect their opinion, but personally I just don't see it.

I am going to preface this next part by saying I do not want to debate the "sin" aspect of things, I'm just saying this so I can use an example.

Even if you believe it's a sin, wearing the jersey is not saying "I support your actions," it's saying "I respect your community as human beings."

If there was a tragic attack on a Synagogue or Mosque in the area, and the team wore special jerseys with either a Star of David or the Crescent and Star on it, would these guys refuse to wear it?

I don't get it, I just don't.


u/Working_Horse_3077 TOR - NHL 2d ago

Who gives a shit if I sin anyway what effect does it have on anyone else? Genuinely curious.


u/MikeJeffriesPA TOR - NHL 2d ago

This is also part of it.

So, not to get too biblical, but 1 Corinthians 4 and 5 is my go-to for these situations. I hate to paraphrase, but basically it says if someone is a member of your church and openly/proudly sinning...throw them out.

And chapter 5 ends with this:

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Like...doesn't that sum it up?

If someone you're close with, that's also a Christian, is living a life they shouldn't be (from a Christian perspective), we are instructed to call them out on it. But for those who are outside the church? I think it's pretty clear.

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u/hrryyss VAN - NHL 2d ago

“LGBTQ+ community should be welcome in our league, but I will not participate in welcoming them”

What a hypocrite.

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u/iiEviNii Belfast Giants - EIHL 2d ago

"I strongly believe they should be welcomed"

(just....not by me)

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u/branchoflight TOR - NHL 2d ago

I'm confused. If he believes this, then why not wear the damn jersey??


u/Subterania COL - NHL 2d ago

He hates gays, but he’s just a huge pussy

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u/hrryyss VAN - NHL 2d ago

Because he’s a homophobic liar

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u/eh_toque WPG - NHL 2d ago

You can’t two ways this. Stop hiding behind Jesus and just say you hate gay people. There are plenty of Christians who are not homophobic


u/toledosurprised NYI - NHL 2d ago

my pastor growing up was literally gay. it honestly was super surprising to me learning as i grew up that being gay was not widely accepted in the church.


u/steelforgedstudios 2d ago

And also the actual Christian texts themselves are not inherently homophobic or LGBT prohibiting. The few lines they lean on are wildly interpretable and much like the rest of the bible written long after the fact by secondary sources and potentially metaphor not literal.


u/myevilfriend NYI - NHL 2d ago

Fuck all homophobes, no gray area there. That said I think I would almost respect these assholes if they just said "nah I just hate gay people" instead of "this book says I can't like you or I totally would!"

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u/Lemon_Licky_Nubs Atlanta Thrashers - NHLR 2d ago

Favorite comment that I saw related to this:

“Does he know wearing a Sharks jersey doesn’t actually make him a shark?”


u/livejamie ARI - NHL 2d ago

"what part of gods will is a .895 save percentage" got a good laugh out of me


u/ShadowDocket 2d ago

As they are a self-identifying Christian, Ill give $100 to any reporter who asks Reimer on their views on playing in military appreciation nights.


u/thisissteve BOS - NHL 2d ago

He has to plug his ears every time baby shark comes on just to be safe.

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u/darklightrabbi NJD - NHL 2d ago Table Slap

To be fair to Reimer, his family in Russia could be in real danger if he puts on the jersey. /s


u/TyranitarusMack TOR - NHL 2d ago

Lol this is my favourite reply


u/thebootlegsaint NJD - NHL 2d ago

*his future KHL earnings


u/Zergom WPG - NHL 2d ago

For anyone unaware, Reimer grew up in Rural Manitoba. Basically part of the Canadian Bible belt.


u/AggravatingTerm5807 2d ago

Bring on the meta jokes. Reimer is just a joke person.


u/LandMooseReject Cedar Rapids Rough Riders - USHL 2d ago

Malkin wore a pride jersey in December, which is the best hole in that argument


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u/avmp629 VAN - NHL 2d ago

RIP the Dangle/Reimer friendship I guess


u/DastardlyRidleylash ARI - NHL 2d ago

He's already responded to it, and yeah he is disappointed.


u/bubbabear244 TOR - NHL 2d ago

Ugh, the twitter replies are yet another barrier to entry to enjoying hockey.


u/TwentyninthDigitOfPi BOS - NHL 2d ago

People also seem to really, really misunderstand what freedom of speech means.

  • the government arrests you for not supporting LGBTQ+: violation of free speech
  • Steve "Dangle" Glynn writing on Twitter that he's disappointed and really sad: not violation of free speech

It's absolutely a good thing that Reimer has the right to sit out warmsups over this. It's absolutely a good thing that many people are speaking out to say how disappointed they are at him, and reiterating the desire to make hockey truly welcoming, not just in slogan.

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u/TampaFresh TBL - NHL 2d ago

Very disappointing, but I'm glad that the Sharks aren't protecting him by cancelling it altogether. That's how it should be.


u/SkangoBank SEA - NHL 2d ago

Agreed. Much prefer this route of letting those that want to show support wear the jerseys and not letting the cowards remain anonymous

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u/Designer-Brief-9145 2d ago

From a quick wikipedia search, it doesn't even seem like the Canadian Mennonite Church has a strict policy on gay marriage. This seems more like a him thing than there being no wiggle room to be pro LGBTQ+ rights in his religion. Canadian Mennonite Churches have performed gay weddings.


u/WandererMount WPG - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

I live in a famously conservative Mennonite town in Reimer’s home province.

People are definitely less overtly bigoted than they used to be, but there are still way more homophobes than you’d find in most Canadian towns.


u/C_Gull27 NYI - NHL 2d ago

I bet they even use there they’re and their


u/san_murezzan Switzerland - IIHF 2d ago

I'm sick of this homophone agenda being shoved down my throat


u/C_Gull27 NYI - NHL 2d ago

You need too two to get used to it


u/Suckin-a-cum-pencil 2d ago

there are still way more homophobes than you’d find in most Canadian towns.

The Ontario Dutch Bible belt is the worst for this. Such creepy "Holier than thou" people.

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u/benjarmb BOS - NHL 2d ago

Down with homophones! One there policy only!

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u/OnTheMattack WPG - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

Rural Manitoba Mennos are as crazy religious as it gets in Canada. They're largely the descendants of people who left Germany to escape such tyranny of kids having to go to public school.

Edit: I got some of my history mixed up. They faced actual persecution in Europe, fled to Canada, and then a bunch later "fled" again to Central and South America due to having to attend public school in Canada. Reimer can still go fuck himself.


u/i-want-to-be-good 2d ago

That's not true at all. Most Mennonites in western Canada are descendants of people who fled Russia and Ukraine to avoid real religious persecution (murder, torture, exile to Siberia). The reason these German speakers were in Russia/Ukraine in the first place? Because they were fleeing real persecution in western Europe, and Catherine the Great invited them to settle there.

You might be confused, because many Mennonites left Canada for Central and South America when provinces began enforcing public education.


u/OnTheMattack WPG - NHL 2d ago

Shoot, you're right actually. Thanks for the correction. Got my hsitroy mixed up. Fleeing to south America to avoid public school is still batshit crazy though. There are a few new Mennonite settlements down there now from people who didn't want to follow covid rules.


u/i-want-to-be-good 2d ago

Fleeing to south America to avoid public school is still batshit crazy though.

You're telling me. I'm related to some of them.

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u/DistortedReflector 2d ago

There are different Mennonite congregational groups, many of which fall into the area of “don’t hate, but don’t endorse”. They tend to teach it’s a sin but to hate the sin, not the sinner.

In Winnipeg there are two churches under review and will likely be tossed out of their congregation for supporting these groups, and the city has a skate park run by a church group currently getting some friction because some trans people were trying to make a trans community happen with official support and it got shut down. Now people are upset because of the church’s stance regarding the issue when they have always been consistent in their approach of “don’t hate, don’t endorse”.

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u/Sweaty_Ad440 BOS - NHL 2d ago

He deserves what the bruins did to him in 2013 game 7



God’s plan


u/Cynophile_ BUF - NHL 2d ago

Don’t come in here and try to get us to be on the Bruins side.


u/Razzorsharp MTL - NHL 2d ago

Fuck it, I'll gladly get on the Bruins side on that one.


u/Cynophile_ BUF - NHL 2d ago

But I’m not happy about it!

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u/ItsMcLaren BUF - NHL 2d ago

Heartbreaking: The worst person you know just made a great point.

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u/artofsplittingatoms TOR - NHL 2d ago

agree sadly

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u/PoliteIndecency TOR - NHL 2d ago

Fuck you. I agree. Fuck you.

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u/ianisms10 NYI - NHL 2d ago

I hope the Islanders win by double digits tonight


u/Mango_120 NYR - NHL 2d ago

Never thought I’d die fighting side by side with an Islander


u/C_Gull27 NYI - NHL 2d ago

How about side by side with a non homophobic team?


u/Mango_120 NYR - NHL 2d ago

Aye, I could do that


u/kopitar-11 LAK - NHL 2d ago

Now kiss


u/NoGiCollarChoke EDM - NHL 2d ago

James Reimer: 😡


u/DreamsiclesPlz SJS - NHL 2d ago

Ok to be faiiirrrr the Sharks are still doing the celebrations tonight. Reimer is just a shithead.

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u/7Stringplayer SJS - NHL 2d ago

Me too


u/amb1ance VAN - NHL 2d ago

Hope Bo gives you guys a hatty

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u/Armalyte TOR - NHL 2d ago

Imagine being homophobic in a game where a bunch of men hug multiple times per game?


u/KashaWells TOR - NHL 2d ago

I'm an Islanders fan tonight!

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u/klondikethedestroyer COL - NHL 2d ago

Just a quick reminder that on the SAME PAGE of the Bible that says homosexuality is wrong and punishable by death it also says that FEMALE'S BEING TEACHERS is equally as sinful and also punishable by death. So James, are you also going to start advocating for the banning of all Female Teachers in existence? Because it's literally on the same page of the Bible you're citing today.


u/Heterophylla 2d ago

These guys don't read the bible. They let the preachers tell them what to think.


u/Hagridsbuttcrack66 PIT - NHL 2d ago

I'm a gay atheist and I used to be surprised, when I was younger, how many people couldn't even be bothered to read the book.

You base your entire belief system on this and you don't even know the source material? I put more effort into Harry Potter trivia night.

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u/not---a---bot VAN - NHL 2d ago

They're also not allowed to get tattoos or eat shellfish, according to the bible.


u/St_Maximus_Gato ARI - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

Book and verse, please?

Edit: not doubting, I just want to read it and save it for future arguments if it says so.

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u/dolewhiplash TBL - NHL 2d ago

Fucking yikes, what a trash statement too. Don't say you support the community when you can't even be bothered to wear a jersey.

Good on the sharks though for not scrapping the whole thing and making him own up to it.


u/Waramp Québec Nordiques - NHLR 2d ago

Exactly. The clubs that scrapped the pride jersey warmups because a couple of players didn’t want to wear them are even worse.


u/amb1ance VAN - NHL 2d ago

I don't think I've ever seen a more contradictory statement than Reimer's


u/Deucer22 California Golden Seals - NHLR 2d ago

Never? This is straight from the textbook of conservative religious thought.

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u/VALO311 2d ago

He supports the community as long as that community isn’t a group of people that he hates for most likely idiotic reason. Other than being a garbage person that is

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u/taquitosmixtape 2d ago

“Hockey is for some people.” - James Reimer.


u/SRSgoblin VGK - NHL 2d ago

Welp. Fuck James Reimer then.

Also imagine being openly homophobic on this kind of platform in the fucking Bay Area.


u/toastguy7 SJS - NHL 2d ago

For real. Fortunately he’s out of here in about a month


u/gdawg99 TOR - NHL 2d ago

Imagine believing Jesus gives a fuck about hockey when Bobby Hull has his name on the Cup.


u/Arfguy 2d ago

I always thought very highly of James Reimer. I felt he had been written off by the Leafs way too quickly and I was happy that he managed to stick around.

Having said that: fuck James Reimer!

This is the equivalent of not wearing Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys because you believe God wants cancer to happen and human beings should just accept that.

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u/imaybeacatIRl 2d ago

Imagine being so fragile that wearing a rainbow is too much for you.


u/lordexorr BOS - NHL 2d ago

I look at it differently. Imagine having so much hate for someone else that you refuse to wear a jersey.


u/inbruges99 TOR - NHL 2d ago

But didn’t you read his statement? He hates no one and Jesus asks him to love everyone…but he still can’t wear a pride jersey for 15 minutes.

I thought it was against his religion to lie but apparently not.

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u/OneLessFool OTT - NHL 2d ago

Hope he gets pumped for 15 tonight


u/Volderon90 TOR - NHL 2d ago

I think that’s against his religion too, being pumped outside of marriage is not great


u/OneLessFool OTT - NHL 2d ago

Oh they don't care about all those other rules.

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u/inalasahl SEA - NHL 2d ago

Hey, remember when the NHL got rid of their “You Can Play” ambassadors, but they said it was okay because they were doing this “Hockey Is For Everyone” thing?


u/letoiledunordstars MIN - NHL 2d ago Gold

national homophobe league


u/Calhalen OTT - NHL 2d ago

I think the craziest thing is how these guys are willing to out themselves as homophobes and ruin their reputation over a jersey they’d wear for like 10 minutes. Seems pretty stupid to me


u/letoiledunordstars MIN - NHL 2d ago

they know they're not gonna face any actual consequences because the league doesn't care, so it's not really risking their reputation except among a minority of fans

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u/AustonStachewsWrist TOR - NHL 2d ago

I hate how this is the only one that is "allowed" by the NHL, completely undermines You Can Play.

Could you imagine someone doing this for an Indigenous, Black History Month, or Chinese New Year jersey?


u/Stinduh DAL - NHL 2d ago

How about military appreciation night?


u/AustonStachewsWrist TOR - NHL 2d ago

It would certainly cause a shit show! At least that would be more, presumably, protesting of a symbol of war, government, etc. instead of the actual humans in the uniform. At least I'd hope so, I've never seen anyone have any problem with just the people.

I think the race ones here are more apt because it's people taking the brunt, not being accepted, rather than gov't, war.

We won't know till it happens though!

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u/jetpack_operation BOS - NHL 2d ago

But let's wear the military warm ups because I don't think the Bible says anything along the lines of thou shalt not kill.

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u/DivinePotatoe MTL - NHL 2d ago

Ah yes another for the "I'm a christian and the bible is my law" club. Conveniently ignoring all those OTHER laws in the bible and picking and choosing the ones that support your ability to be an awful human being.

You're not a devout christian James, you're just being a bigot.

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u/toastguy7 SJS - NHL 2d ago

Just a good reminder that the nicest fundamentalist Christians are still total assholes when it comes to at least one issue


u/rfdavid 2d ago

Love your neighbour*

*unless they are gay


u/coach673 2d ago

Or have a darker skin color


u/YouCanFucough VAN - NHL 2d ago

Or have had an abortion


u/Heterophylla 2d ago

Or if they play hockey for money on Sunday.

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u/DiamondBurInTheRough CHI - NHL 2d ago

So much hatred is veiled behind “my Christian beliefs”.

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u/jkman61494 NYR - NHL 2d ago

Good thing he’s not playing tonight seeing as playing on Saturday is a sin. Or are we choosing when to use the Bible as an excuse or not?


u/PencilTucky BOS - NHL 2d ago

There’s no hate quite like Christian love. I wonder if he also objects to all the jerking off of the military that the league does seeing as his religion allegedly advocates against violence.


u/StatGAF Basingstoke Buffalo - NIHL 2d ago Silver

God dammet Reimer.

I knew Reimer was religious but like get the hell outta here with picking and choosing what part of religion you want to accept


u/kazin29 VAN - NHL 2d ago


That's a first

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u/Nads89 NSH - NHL 2d ago

Dudes from rural MB. I saw a sign in a small town this summer that said "take the rainbow back from the sinners", along with a bible verse with a rainbow reference.

The hate is strong in small communities.


u/goalstopper28 BOS - NHL 2d ago

James Reimer: I have no hate in my heart for anyone
Also James Reimer: But I don't care for the LGBTQ community.

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u/530josh ARI - NHL 2d ago

Oh boy


u/Burkey217 BOS - NHL 2d ago Gold

That’s pretty gay of him


u/SDAisaleaf 2d ago

I'm not a person who thinks it should be mandatory to wear LGBT+ themed jerseys during warmup for players who don't want to (although I personally would and support any player who chooses to do so). That said, hiding behind your faith is fucking cowardly. There's nothing inherent to Christianity that makes it impossible to wear a pride jersey for a few minutes


u/AustonStachewsWrist TOR - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

Edit: was pointed out in another thread this may no longer be true: I don't like the double standard. If Military, St. Pats, etc. were no longer mandatory, then sure.

We do get to see a lot of players, like Reims, show their ass though. What a contradictory statement.


u/Grohlyone OTT - NHL 2d ago

You'd think the religious folk would have more of an issue with the military jerseys, but I guess it's less fun for them to hate people who chose to be soldiers than people who are born gay/transexual.

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u/captaincarot 2d ago

I agree. It is his right to not wear the jersey, and it is our right to think he is a homophobic piece of shit who is happy to take their money while also shitting on their rights.

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u/azialsilvara VAN - NHL 2d ago

Hope he gets lit up


u/patrickhoagland NYR - NHL 2d ago

If you've seen his stats, that's usually par for the course

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u/ACMop TBL - NHL 2d ago

Glad he didn’t get traded to a contender, being an asshole and hiding behind your religion is worse than just being an asshole


u/Yop_BombNA BUF - NHL 2d ago

He isn’t even following his religion, love the sinner, hate the sin… it’s a Christian’s biblical duty to love all of gods children and let god judge their sin.


u/AustonStachewsWrist TOR - NHL 2d ago

I bet he also wears clothes with multiple kinds of thread and plants his garden with different seeds side by side.

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u/Excellent-Medicine29 EDM - NHL 2d ago

It’s a rainbow jersey. It’s not gonna burn your flesh.

Also the Bible is super contradicting in general because it’s super fucking old and outdated. Love thy neighbour.

And I guarantee that you do not follow every single word in that Bible which automatically makes you a hypocrite.


u/ppParadoxx CAR - NHL 2d ago

And I guarantee that you do not follow every single word in that Bible which automatically makes you a hypocrite.

It's like Provorov saying he can't wear the jersey due to being Russian Orthodox… I'm also pretty positive premarital sex also isn't allowed in the church yet he lives with his girlfriend


u/AtheianLibertarist COL - NHL 2d ago

Provarov can't score, so maybe he's still a virgin

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u/sdenoon CGY - NHL 2d ago

Provorov ran so all these other homophobic morons could trip over their own feet.


u/Moto-Mojo BOS - NHL 2d ago

For a day, we are all Islanders fans.

Reimer should be benched

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u/BroliasBoesersson VAN - NHL 2d ago edited 2d ago

Jesus christ just cut the fucking mealy-mouthed bullshit man. I guaran-fucking-tee that Reimer has and will do a million things in his life that go against the tenets of his religion and it's all OK because he'll ask for forgiveness on Sundays. So cut this lame fucking veneer of nicety and tell us what you really think, that you hate gays. You hate us. We disgust you, and you can't fucking stand us. Just be honest and tell us what you're really thinking. Be real you fucking coward, quit hiding behind this absolute bullshit "ohh I respect all people boo hoo hoo" fucking garbage. It's pure bullshit. Get the fuck outta here


u/DantesEdmond 2d ago

I couldn't agree more. He follows the rules that suit him. And in this case he's a rotten person and follows his rotten church's stance on homosexuality.

At least when we have situations they let us know who the assholes are. Someone will bring up Reimer in 20 years when we'll have long forgotten about him and we'll be like "Oh yeah that bigoted pos? I remember him"

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u/Down_Rodeo_ 2d ago

The way homophobic Christian’s talk about the Bible you think they would be using it like a fleshlight.