Pro Sports Team Refuses to Wear New 'Pride' Jerseys

An Australian rugby team is going to be down seven players after the team decided to move forward with gay pride jerseys without consulting the team first.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald:

Seven Manly players will boycott this Thursday night’s clash against the Roosters after being blindsided by the club’s decision to wear a pride jersey as the Sea Eagles’ season descended into chaos.

The Manly Sea Eagles released photos of the jersey to the public on Monday, but had not yet informed the team about them. The jerseys will be worn during their Thursday showdown with the Sydney Roosters.

Seven players from the Sea Eagles say they feel blindsided by this and are not playing in the match due to religious beliefs.

“I try to see it from all perspectives but this breaks my heart,” Ian Roberts, a former player for Manly, said. “It’s sad and uncomfortable. As an older gay man, this isn’t unfamiliar. I did wonder whether there would be any religious push back.

“That’s why I think the NRL have never had a pride round. I can promise you every young kid on the northern beaches who is dealing with their sexuality would have heard about this.”