It’s well known that in many cases religion and the LGBTQ community don’t mix. Many religions allegedly consider romantic relationships between people of the same gender a sin. Naturally many people who are very religious are often against promoting anything that has to do with being gay, but when does that become offensive? During an episode of ‘Around the Horn’ ESPN Host Sarah Spain had a lot to say about some Tampa Bay Rays players not being down for the gay pride cause.
Sarah Spain Disses Rays Players For Not Wearing Gay Pride Patch With ‘Bigot’ Comment
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary a bigot is defined as a person who is “unreasonably attached to a belief, opinion, or faction, especially one who is prejudiced against or antagonistic toward a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular group“.
According to Sarah Spain the five Tampa Bay Ray players who refused to wear the gay pride patch on their jerseys due to religious reasons are “bigots”. Based on the definition of what that term entails is that a fair assessment, or is she reaching with that comment? Take a listen.
As you can see in the footage Jason Adams is one of the players who refused to the wear the gay pride patch, but he has nothing against people who are gay. Rather he and the other 4 players decided not to wear the patch, because he felt that would mean they are encouraging a lifestyle that their religion speaks out against. Would you consider that unreasonable?
You can’t expect people to go against their own religion when it comes to sensitive issues, so it’s easy to see why some people feel Sarah Spain was out of line for calling Tampa Bay Rays players bigots for not wearing a gay pride patch.
Sarah Spain has history of making controversial statements, so this situation isn’t surprising.