Former Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware has filed a complaint against the team and the NFL, alleging she had been discriminated against for her gender and Christian beliefs, including her desire to remain a virgin until marriage.
The New York Times reported that Ware’s complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations alleges she was harassed because of her faith during her three years with the team, while players are allowed to openly profess their religious beliefs in interviews, on-field prayers, etc. She left the job in spring 2017.
Ware claims her troubles began in 2016, after she posted an image of herself being baptized. After that, she claims cheerleading director Dorie Grogan targeted her with “discipline, ridicule, harassment and abuse” for her beliefs. She also alleges other cheerleading officials mocked her for being a virgin.
The Dolphins released a statement saying, “We are seriously committed to providing a positive work environment for everyone associated with the organization. We hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs.”
Ware’s attorney, Sara Blackwell, also represents former Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis, who has sued the Saints and the NFL claiming there are double standards for male and female employees.
Arguably the best receiver in the NFL from 2012-14, when he averaged 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns per season, injuries have diminished his effectiveness in recent years and prompted speculation he could be on his way out. The Cowboys already have added free-agent receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson this offseason.
“I asked if he was going to play another year,” Doering told Sporting News in a telephone interview. “I was doing whatever it took to get signed and continue playing. To me, football was the most important thing.
“He had no feeling like that, no concerns about whether he was going to play or not. He was comfortable with hanging up the cleats forever. That was completely OK because he had found a bigger purpose.”