Openly Christian Women’s Soccer Player Sidelined For Refusing To Wear LGBT Pride Jersey

Openly Christian Women’s Soccer Player Sidelined For Refusing To Wear LGBT Pride Jersey

North Carolina Courage Defender Jaelene Daniels was sidelined for Friday’s team football game after refusing to wear a “pride-themed” LGBT jersey.

Daniels, an outspoken Christian, made headlines in 2017 when she opted out of the U.S. soccer team just two weeks after it was announced that the men’s and women’s teams would wear rainbow jerseys for LGBT Pride Month. The daily thread Noted.

“Jaelene will not be on the roster tonight as she has made the decision not to wear our Pride jersey,” a Courage spokesperson said ahead of the match. according at the Washington Post.

“While we are disappointed with her choice, we respect her right to make this decision on her own,” the statement continued. “We are thrilled to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with our fans, players and staff tonight and look forward to hosting our first-ever Pride Festival before kick-off.”

Courage coach Sean Nahas raved about the “power” of wearing the Pride-themed jerseys for the team.

“What we have to remember is that this is the second time they’ve worn these shirts and I know how powerful it was for them and how much it means to them,” Nahas said, according to the Post. “And my first thing was that nothing would come between that, because it’s important to them and it means something to them, and I’m sticking with that.”

Daniels, whose maiden name is Hinkle, was re-signed to Courage last year. In a bizarre open letter to fans, the team apologized to the “LGBTQIA+ community” for re-signing the soccer star.

“In response to the recent news of the re-signing of Jaelene Daniels, we as a club recognize the impact of this announcement on our community,” the open letter said, ESPN reported. “We have spent the past few days reading your messages and reflecting on our actions. We are truly sorry for everyone we have hurt, especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community. »

“The decision to re-sign Jaelene was not taken lightly and included significant conversations between the leadership of the organization and Jaelene,” the letter adds. “The priority expressed in these conversations is the safety of our players and maintaining an inclusive and respectful space for the whole team.”

Daniels posted her own response to her Twitter account, emphasizing that she loves everyone, regardless of their “belief system or sexuality.”

“My love for each of these women is rooted in who they are as individuals – I believe that everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, creed or ability, is worthy of dignity, value and love. They make me a better person, a better player and a better teammate,” Daniels said.

“I remain committed to my faith and my desire for people to know that my love for them is not based on their belief system or their sexuality,” she continued. “I pray and firmly believe that my teammates know how much I cherish, respect and love them.”

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