Jaylene Daniels will miss the North Carolina Courage game after refusing to wear the Pride shirt

Jaylene Daniels refused to play for the North Carolina Courageous in the NFL game against the Washington Spirit on Friday because her team was wearing a Pride shirt.

The Courage had their first-ever Pride Night Friday around the game, but a team spokesperson told WRAL-TV in North Carolina that 29-year-old Daniels, a devout Christian, had chosen not to participate.

“Gilen will not be on the list tonight because she has made the decision not to wear our Pride shirt,” the spokesperson said. While we are disappointed with her choice, we respect her right to make that decision herself.

“We are excited 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.”

The match ended in a 3-3 draw. This isn’t the first time Daniels has refused to play in matches used to show solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.

In 2017, she refused to call the US a game where the rainbow colors were on the jersey.

Jaylene Daniels missed the North Carolina Courage’s latest NWSL game on Friday because she didn’t want to wear the rainbow colors on her shirt.

Brave wore the colors of the rainbow in their match with Washington Spirit, which ended 3-3

Brave wore the colors of the rainbow in their match with Washington Spirit, which ended 3-3

And in 2015, after same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States, she tweeted, “This world is falling more and more away from God…All believers can do is keep praying.”

There was controversy when I signed Courage in the off-season last December and Daniels responded with a statement saying: ‘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 gender.

“I pray and firmly believe that my teammates know how much I cherish, respect and love them.”

Courage also apologized to his supporters. “In response to the recent news of the re-contract of Jaylene Daniels, we as a club acknowledge the impact this announcement has had on our community,” the statement read.

We have spent the past few days reading your messages and reflecting on our actions. We are very sorry for everyone we have hurt, especially those who belong to the LGBTQIA+ community.

The decision to re-sign Jilin was not taken lightly and involved important conversations between the organization’s leadership and Jilin. The priority expressed in those conversations is the safety of our players and maintaining a respectful and inclusive space for the entire team.

Courage's decision to sign Daniels again last December was met with controversy from fans

Courage’s decision to sign Daniels again last December was met with controversy from fans

Daniels tweeted that the world is falling 'far from God' after same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015

Daniels tweeted that the world is falling ‘far from God’ after same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015

Players who choose to miss games that are used to express solidarity with the LGBT community are unheard of.

Last week in Australia, seven players from Australia’s Manly Sea Eagles refused to wear the colors of the rainbow.

Josh Aluyi, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipoloto, Josh Schuster, Humul Olakawatu, Tolo Kula and Tofufuwa Sibley all refused to play against the Roosters last Thursday due to the club’s decision to wear their rainbow-inspired Pride shirts.

The seven stars cited cultural and religious reasons for their decision, which sparked widespread controversy in Australia. Manley coach Des Hassler admitted that the saga had created a rift in his team.

“We have quite a bit of work to do,” he said, before revealing that the week was “emotional in many ways”. I’m just being honest… but as long as we’re all sympathetic to each other’s cause, we’ll get there.

In France in May, midfielder Idrissa Gueye missed Paris Saint-Germain’s league match with Montpellier due to what was widely reported as refusing to wear the colors of the rainbow.

His manager at the time, Mauricio Pochettino, said Gaye was missing “for personal reasons, but he was unharmed”.

Gueye is a devout Muslim and he regularly shares messages about his faith via his social media platforms.

In some Muslim countries, homosexuality is illegal and even punishable by death.

Last week in Australia, seven players for the Australian rugby league team Manly Sea Eagles refused to wear the colors of the rainbow for a match.

Last week in Australia, seven players for the Australian rugby league team Manly Sea Eagles refused to wear the colors of the rainbow for a match.

Idrissa Gueye is said to have missed PSG's 4-0 win over Montpellier because he didn't want to wear a rainbow shirt.

Idrissa Gueye is said to have missed PSG’s 4-0 win over Montpellier because he didn’t want to wear a rainbow shirt.

Paris Saint-Germain has taken off its jerseys ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Heterophobia and Transgenderism, on Tuesday 17 May.

Paris Saint-Germain has taken off its jerseys ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Heterophobia and Transgenderism, on Tuesday 17 May.

In Senegal, Gay’s homeland, homosexuality can result in up to five years in prison and same-sex marriage is illegal.

In February in Senegal, ultra-conservative Islamist groups organized a protest in the capital, Dokhar, attended by thousands, calling for tougher penalties for LGBT people.

Gaye appeared to have the support of his Senegalese teammates, Shekhou Kouyate and Ismaila Sarr.

Sarr posted a photo of himself standing next to Gueye on Instagram, with a fist emoji, three heart emojis and the words: “100%.”

Jay’s fellow Kuwaiti midfielder also uploaded a picture of himself with the 32-year-old on the social media platform, calling him a “real man” and adding, “We support you very much, brother.”

Gueye could return to the Premier League this off-season – his old club Everton are interested in signing him again.

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