A New Jersey football player quit his team because the coach banned him from wearing pink gloves during a game.
Julian Connerson decided to no longer play for the Egg Harbor City Crusaders, a youth league since he could not wear pink gloves commemorating his mom’s battle with breast cancer.
On Saturday, his coach Paul Burgan told the 12-year-old he couldn’t play in the game against the Ocean City Junior Raiders while wearing the gloves.
“No one knew that there was a personal reason why the kid wanted to wear the gloves … The game was ready to begin in minutes, and it was a communication issue. There was a storm. It was chaotic,” Louis Barrios, a member of the Crusaders Youth Athletic League Association’s board of directors, told local reporters.
Barrios also mentioned that the team does wear pink during the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Connerson’s family said that Burgan was aware of his mother’s illness. She recently underwent a double mastectomy.
The Crusaders addressed the issue publicly on their Facebook page:
“The Exec Board of the Crusaders Organization is aware of the unfortunate miscommunication in OC. The board and coaches have the utmost respect for FAMILY. We are gathering facts, and are very confident that this misunderstanding will be resolved,” the message read.
Soon after the message was posted an update followed noting that the issue had been settled.
“We are looking forward to Julian returning to practice tomorrow. All are looking forward to Julian representing The Crusaders as a breast cancer awareness spokesperson. All are pleased the situation has been resolved,” the post read.