The Los Angeles Dodgers have upset a ton of people regarding their Pride Night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers invited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) to their Pride Night before rescinding and then reinviting the group. Every decision they have made has received a tremendous amount of backlash.
Trevor Williams, a starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals, wrote a lengthy statement on Twitter Tuesday, saying he was “deeply troubled” that the SPI has been reinvited.
Because of that, he is now calling for a boycott of the organization.
Williams claims the Dodgers made a “clear violation” of their own discrimination policy, “which explicitly states that any conduct or attire at the ballpark that is deemed to be indecent or prejudice against any particular group (or religion) is not tolerated.”
“As a devout Catholic, I’m deeply troubled by the Dodgers’ decision to re-invite and honor the group ‘The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’ at their Pride Night this year,” he wrote. “… To invite and honor a group that makes a blatant and deeply offensive mockery of my religions, and the religion of over 4 million people in Los Angeles county alone, undermines the values of respect and inclusivity that should be upheld by any organization.”
Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ star pitcher, criticized his own team’s decision to bring the group back.
“I don’t agree with making fun of other people’s religions,” Kershaw said. “It has nothing to do with anything other than that. I just don’t think that, no matter what religion you are, you should make fun of somebody else’s religion. So that’s something that I definitely don’t agree with. …
“This has nothing to do with the LGBTQ community or Pride or anything like that,” Kershaw said. “This is simply a group that was making fun of a religion, that I don’t agree with.”
The Dodgers’ Pride Night will take place June 16, while Faith Day is scheduled for July 30.
At this point, the organization may be better suited just getting rid of both days to avoid so much backlash in the future. Unfortunately, doing that would also bring heavy backlash. Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Coming into Tuesday, the Dodgers are 33-22 and in first place in the National League West.
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