Jaelene Daniels refused to play for North Carolina Courage in the NWSL game against Washington Spirit on Friday because her team were wearing a Pride jersey.
The Courage held its first ever Pride Night on Friday around the game but a spokesperson for the team told WRAL-TV in North Carolina that the 29-year-old Daniels, a devout Christian, had chosen not to participate.
‘Jaelene will not be rostered tonight as she has made the decision to not wear our Pride jersey,’ the spokesperson said. ‘While we’re disappointed with her choice, we respect her right to make that decision for herself.
‘We’re excited to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with our fans, players and staff tonight and look forward to hosting our first ever Pride Festival before kickoff.’
The match finished in a 3-3 draw. It’s not the first time Daniels has refused to play in matches used to show solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.
In 2017, she refused a callup for the United States for a game where rainbow colors would have been on the shirt.
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Source: Daily Mail