Only two weeks after the U.S. Soccer team announced that members of both its men’s and women’s teams will wear rainbow-colored jerseys to celebrate LGBTQ month, devout Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle withdrew from the team.
A U.S. Soccer news release claimed Hinkle left for “personal reasons,” but it is quite possible Hinkle decided she didn’t want to endorse a position incompatible with her religious beliefs.
On May 26, the U.S. Soccer team tweeted their announcement:
Hinkle, who had been a defender for the North Carolina Courage, had made it crystal clear years ago that she was devout a Christian and was determined not to follow the politically correct line. The same day in 2015 that the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal, Hinkle tweeted:
She posted an image of the cross and her statement as a Christian on Instagram:
The jerseys the U.S. Soccer teams will wear will feature rainbow-colored numbers and the word “pride” instead of the player’s last name.
U.S. Soccer has also partnered with the You Can Play Project with a commemorative rainbow-colored “One Nation. One Team.” hat.
Hinkle first played with the national team in 2015 against Brazil, according to the New York Post.
H/T The Blaze