Last week we had an NHL player refusing to wear a pregame pride uniform. The latest example of this trend comes from down under, where members of the Cairns Taipans — who play in the NBL, Australia’s top men’s pro hoops league — announced shortly before their Wednesday game that they would not be wearing their NBL Pride Round kit. (The Pride Round is a league-wide initiative that was recently announced after player Isaac Humphries came out as the league’s first openly gay player.)
Here’s the announcement that the Taipans players issued:
So the Taipans wore their regular uniforms for Wednesday’s game against the South East Melbourne Phoenix. If you look at the photo at the top of this page, you’ll see Taipains players on the left in their regular kits, and Phoenix players on the right in their Pride kits. Here’s another look at that photo:
If you can’t see any obvious Pride elements on the Phoenix’s uniform, let’s take a side-by-side look at their regular and Pride designs — see if you can spot the difference:
That’s right — the only Pride element is a rainbow version of the Champion maker’s mark that gets lost in a sea of advertising. Here’s a closer view of that from another NBL team’s jersey:
That’s what the Taipans players refused to wear. Seems like a pretty weak Pride initiative by the NBL and a pretty silly objection by the team.