When the Tampa Bay Rays (TBR) decided to put rainbow-colored TBR logos on the player’s baseball caps as part of the team’s “LBGTQ Pride Night” on Saturday, June 4, 2022, several players, citing their faith, removed the logo.
Team officials stated that any players who did not want to participate could remove the logo. Those choosing to do so, included five pitchers, Jason Adam, Brooks Raley, Jalen Beeks, Ryan Thompson, and Jeffrey Springs.
Reliever Jason Adam was among those who opted out, and said it was a “faith-based decision” for him.
“It’s just what we believe the lifestyle he’s (Jesus) encouraged us to live for our good, not to withhold,” Adam told the Tampa Bay Times. “But we love these men and women, we care about them and we want them to feel safe and welcome here.”
In an interview with WFLA TV, Ryan Thompson provided his reasoning for not wearing the Pride colored logo, explaining:
“Those of us who decided not to wear the patch or hat spent a couple weeks in prayer and a deep dive into Scripture on the subject at hand to come to the decision that we did.”
Thompson is famous for his submarine-style pitching style that involves throwing the ball from a lower position, often just inches off the ground.
Predictably, several on social media reacted to the decision of these players who did not support the Pride movement. The Blaze reported on the comments by sportswriter Cyd Zeigler.
LBGTQ sportswriter Cyd Zeigler posted tweets ripping Rays’ players who chose to not wear the rainbow-colored logos.
In one Zeigler wrote, “Will someone please show me the Bible passage that says ‘Thou shalt not wear a rainbow on thou’s clothing’…” He also said “players don’t get to just choose what uniform they wear. That’s the point of the word ‘uniform.’ Welcome to sports.”