Jaelene Hinkle turns down USWNT over LGBTQ jerseys

posted Jun 1, 2018, 7:28 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Jordan Croswell

    Jaelene Hinkle decided not to play for the U.S. Women's soccer team last year because of the team’s decision to wear LGBTQ Pride jersey’s.

    The 25 year old didn’t reveal her reasons at the time, but on Wednesday she told The 700 Club that the jerseys “commemorating” LGBTQ Pride Month “conflicted with her Christian faith.”

    "I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn't my job to wear this jersey," she said. "I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what (God) was asking me to do in this situation ... I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient."

    There are several openal gay players who are featured on the U.S. team. Including olympic gold medalists Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe.

    During a match against Portland Thorns, Hinkle was booed by millions of fans. Some fans waved rainbow pride flags.

    Hinkle did no respond after the match but received support  from her teammate Jessica McDonald.

    "She is high on her faith, and in my honest option that's absolutely incredible,'' McDonald said. "If she's for God, then that's fine, that's great if that's what keeps her going in her life and keeps positivity in her life, then let that be. Everyone has their opinions about The Bible and God. It's obviously not in my control what she thinks.

    "She's got a good heart, and she battled through the game. It's not an easy thing for her,'' Riley said. "I give her a lot of credit to be perfectly honest. Whatever her beliefs are, whatever she believes in, that's her. It doesn't affect the team. It doesn't seem to affect anybody on the team.''


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