LA Lakers closes comments for Instagram post announcing ‘pride night’

The Los Angeles Lakers Instagram page inexplicably closed comments on a post announcing the upcoming “Pride Night”.

On October 12, the Lakers will indeed celebrate “Pride Night” and have offered a special jersey in the colors of the rainbow to commemorate the event.

“Join us on October 12 for our annual #LakersPrideNight! All fans in attendance will receive our first-ever Lakers Pride jersey,” the Lakers announced on Instagram. “Live your Truth. Be the future.

Exactly what LGBTQ Pride has to do with basketball or why the Lakers deem it necessary to celebrate “Pride” long after the month in which such “Pride” is celebrated, the message did not say. In fact, the post didn’t have much to say since comments were closed.

On Twitter, however, the Lakers’ social media team must have forgotten to disable comments, and fans were more than happy to voice their opinions.

“When is your Christian or Catholic party?” Or is living this truth taboo? asked one user.

“We don’t need this shoved down our throats lol. But at least they do it in the preseason and not the regular season,” another user said.

“True or false It’s not fair to people who don’t want to wear that. I feel the same about Black Lives Matter. If you can’t stand why pretend like you do. Forced acceptance is a problem. I wouldn’t wear it because it’s mandatory,” said another.

The upcoming “Pride Night” will be the fourth time the Lakers have celebrated it. In a press release, the team said the evening will “celebrate diversity, equity, inclusion and unity by welcoming members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.”

“The Lakers are proud to announce that every fan in attendance will receive a commemorative Lakers Pride jersey,” he said. “The Pride Night celebration will also provide fans with special in-game entertainment.”

“Friends and prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community will be on hand to celebrate the evening,” he added. “Members and supporters of several LGBTQ+ organizations will also be recognized, including LAMBDA Basketball, Rainbow Labs and the Sports Equality Foundation.”


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