Cheerleader Says She Was Fired for Being a Christian And A Virgin

An ex-cheerleader claims she faced discrimination from her NFL squad because she admitted to some of her fellow cheerleaders that she was still a virgin. She also says that she was discriminated against because of her Christian faith. She's now filed a complaint and is seeking arbitration.

Kristan Ann Ware was a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins for three years, but things turned sour after she converted to Christianity. She posted images on her social media of her baptism, along with Bible verses. She also told some of her squad members that she was a virgin and waiting to get married before having sex.

When Ware showed up for an interview for returning dancers in 2016, she claims that Dorie Grogan, the cheerleader director, made some uncomfortable comments.

"Let's talk about your virginity," Grogan allegedly said. "As far as we are concerned you have taken something that was once upon a time pure and beautiful and you've made it dirty."

Ware says things went downhill from there, eventually resulting in her leaving the Dolphins. She's filed a grievance and requesting arbitration.

According to a source with the Dolphins, the situation had already been addressed. "In 2016, we were made aware of an incident with our cheerleaders that fell short of our standards and expectations," the source said. "We immediately addressed the issue and reprimanded the supervisor, who subsequently apologized to the entire team."

Ware is still very emotional about the situation, however, and doesn't feel it was adequately resolved.

"I loved my job," she told WFLA. "It was great, but after that things just started to change... It became unbearable."

Sara Blackwell, Ware's attorney, says her client is being accused of proselytizing. She denies this.

"She never once witnessed to anyone, she never once asked anyone if they believed in Jesus," Blackwell said to NBC News. "She is the friendliest person you will ever meet. If she talked about her faith in God, it's because that's who she is, not because she is trying to convert anyone."

Blackwell said Ware only revealed her status as a virgin to her teammates because she was asked at the time. The girls were sharing what songs were on their 'sex playlist', and after being pushed, she admitted she is abstinent.

"She was sensitive to everyone around her having different beliefs and ideals so she further stated that it was her personal conviction."

An NFL spokesperson said that the cheerleaders are employees of the the teams, not the league. "Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws," he said.

As for Ware's complaint, he couldn't comment because he had not seen it.

According to Ware, Grogan and other girls on her team ridiculed her on a regular basis. When she was in a bikini fashion show with her teammates, she was singled out and forced to wear 'angel wings'. She also says that when she was asked to write a story for the Dolphins' blog about her audition, any religious references she made were edited out.

Ware also claims she's been falsely accused of groping a fan.

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