Five Tampa Bay Rays players who chose not to wear Pride gear for their team’s Pride Night Saturday are “bigots” according to ESPN’s Sarah Spain. The rainbow logos on caps and sleeves were noticeably absent on the five against the Chicago White Sox, and that ignited the host’s outrage.
Citing “that religious exemption BS,” Spain lashed out at the Tampa Five and said the nation has to stop “tiptoeing around” bigotry.
Every knee shall bow, huh?
Their lack of virtue signaling for what they said are religious reasons means, at least to Spain, they are bigots. She further claimed that the aforementioned “BS” prevents Americans from getting “health care, jobs, apartments, children, and prescriptions.”
Really? Exactly where is this happening? Or is it protocol for ESPN’s talking heads to throw their own version of “BS” around without the slightest evidence?
The offenders, who undoubtedly need sensitivity training, are Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs, and Ryan Thompson.
Adam told local media that he and the others opting out respected the team’s decision to support LGBT issues. However, they “peeled off” the logo on the uniform sleeve and wore the team’s standard caps due to religious objections.
Spain is hardly alone in her ideological inquisition of baseball players who dare to stand on principle. The New York Times trashed the team for allowing players to opt out of the “promotion.” See, their choice denies the “message of inclusion” the team wanted to portray.
The Times also declared terms like “lifestyle” and “behavior” to be anti-gay tropes. These were used in explanations by the dissenting team members for their decisions.
Perhaps soon the word “trope” will join “paradigm” in the trash bin of overused meaningless words.
Tampa’s Pride Night was its 16th, and festivities included members of the LGBT community taking part in pregame activities on the field. Fans in attendance, and there were 19,462, were given mini-rainbow flags in celebration.
June is another month added to the ever-longer list of targeted “celebrations” corporate America is now required to grovel to. Fine, but this kneeling should not pass down to everyday people or even professional athletes who, for religious or any other reasons, choose not to grovel.