A National Women’s Soccer League star has chosen her conscience over what is politically correct at the moment and has paid a price for it.
Jaelene Daniels, a defender in the NWSL, sat out the North Carolina Courage’s game Friday night rather than wear a ‘Pride’ jersey, according to a team spokesperson, Fox News reported.
Shortly before the start of the game Friday evening, a team spokesperson said that Daniels, 29, would not take the field against the Washington Spirit over her decision to not wear the Courage’s Pride-themed jerseys for the game.
“Jaelene will not be rostered tonight as she has made the decision to not wear our Pride jersey,” the statement said, via ESPN. “While we’re disappointed with her choice, we respect her right to make that decision for herself.
Our prematch and warmup tops today 💙🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️
— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) July 29, 2022
“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 spokesperson continued, adding the ever-lengthening ‘Pride’ acronym.
Daniels signed a one-year deal to play for the Courage in December. In 2017, she refused an offer to play for the women’s national team for the same reason — she did not want to done a ‘Pride’ jersey, Sports Illustrated reported at the time.
Her current squad released a statement after signing her following pushback from the usual left-wing outrage crowd.
“The decision to re-sign Jaelene was not made lightly and included significant conversations between organization leadership and Jaelene,” the open letter to fans stated, via ESPN. “The priority expressed in those conversations is the safety of our players and maintaining an inclusive, respectful space for the entire team.”
Daniels herself released a lengthy statement in December on social media following negative comments regarding her personal decision to adhere to her faith.
Sincerely, Jae 🤍 pic.twitter.com/LeF6Jq39hj
— Jaelene Daniels (@jaelenedaniels) December 23, 2021
“I remain committed to my faith and my desire for people to know that my love for them isn’t based on their belief system or sexuality,” she wrote. “I pray and firmly believe that my teammates know how much I cherish them, respect them, and love them. I believe they know this, because they know me, and I them. There is no place I’d rather be than with the Courage.
“These women are strong, resilient, independent, and incredibly good at what they do. It’s an honor to know them, to play with them and to love them,” she added.
She has not yet commented on Friday’s decision.