News/SportsReggae Boyz

Leon Bailey Opts Out of Copa America: Prioritises Mental Health and Family Time

Leon Bailey has opted not to participate in the upcoming Copa America tournament.

This decision comes just hours after head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson announced Bailey’s inclusion in the 26-man squad on Wednesday night.

Bailey, who had previously stated his intention to take a break from international duties, wrote “misleading information” on social media following the announcement of the squad.

The situation was further explained by Bailey’s agent and adoptive father, Craig Butler.


In a statement posted on social media, Butler reiterated Bailey’s commitment to taking a break for his mental health and family time.

“Leon Bailey has stated that he is taking a break from the Jamaica national team for his mental health and to spend time with his family. His position has not changed. We kindly ask that you respect his wishes at this time,” Butler wrote.

He emphasised that any posts suggesting otherwise were a misrepresentation of Bailey’s position.

Bailey’s decision to step back follows a suspension he received in November after breaking curfew before Jamaica’s Concacaf Nations League quarterfinal match against Canada.

As a result of this disciplinary action, Bailey was excluded from the semi-final games in March.

Despite the controversy, Butler assured that Bailey and his management team continue to support the Reggae Boyz. “We wish the Reggae Boyz well in the Copa America competition and he, along with his management team, will continue to support the Jamaica National Team at all levels … change must come… Respect and One Love for all,” Butler concluded.

The Reggae Boyz are now tasked with adjusting their squad dynamics as they prepare for the prestigious Copa America tournament without one of their star players.


Coach Hallgrimsson and the team will need to focus on maintaining morale and performance levels amid the unexpected absence of Bailey.

Remember to share this article on Facebook and other Social Media Platforms. To submit your own articles or to advertise with us please send us an EMAIL at: [email protected]

4 1 vote
Article Rating
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments