A Christian football player has said she refused to play for the United States women’s national soccer team because it would have been mandatory for her to wear a shirt celebrating LGBT pride month.
According to Premierchristianradio.com, Jaelene Hinkle, who’s a member of the North Carolina Courage team, said she was chosen by the US team to play against Sweden and Norway in June 2017. However, she refused the opportunity because the numbers on the shirt for the matches were rainbow coloured.
I felt convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear it,” she told CBN’s The 700 Club.
“I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what [God] was asking me to do in this situation.
“I’m essentially giving up the one dream, and I’m saying no to it. It was very disappointing.
“That’s where the peace turns to disappointment, because I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. Just because you are being obedient, it doesn’t make it easy.”
Hinkle said she hasn’t been selected to play for the US team since making the decision.
While she got support by her team mates and club manager for opting out of the matches, Hinkle was booed at a Courage game on Wednesday after her interview with CBN was broadcast.
Her club manager Paul Riley has continued to defend her.
“I give her a lot of credit. Whatever her beliefs are, whatever she believes in, that’s her. It doesn’t affect the team,” he said after the match.
Courage team mate Jessica McDonald added: “She is high on her faith, and in my honest option that’s absolutely incredible.
“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.”