Jaelene Hinkle, 15, decided not to participate in the U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) friendlies last June. The North Carolina Courage defender objected to her jersey’s rainbow lettering.
Women's pro soccer player Jaelene Hinkle says she didn't play for the US national team last year because wearing an LGBT Pride Month jersey conflicted with her religious beliefs. https://t.co/uZ6v0VfDoK
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 1, 2018
When Hinkle learned that the USWNT planned to include rainbow lettering on their jerseys to show support for the LGBTQ community during Pride month, she quit the team because she felt that wearing such a jersey went against her Christian religion.
Hinkle told the 700 Club:
I felt so convicted in my spirit, that it was not my job to wear this jersey. And I gave myself 3 days to just seek and pray and determine what he was asking me to do in this situation.
#JaeleneHinkle doesn't the Bible say “judge not, lest ye be judged” and does it not say “Hate the sin but love the sinner”? The more harshly you judge others the more harshly you will be judged, I pity you.
— Darndifino (@darndifino) June 1, 2018
— Jonn R. (@ReBourneAgain) May 31, 2018
— Soccerfan1118 (@soccerfan1118) May 30, 2018
Jaelene Hinkle is just another christian extremist using her faith to hide her prejudices. Bible also discourages tattoos but she doesn't seem to mind being disobedient in that regard #jaelenehinkle
— Bazarito (@BazaritoDorito) June 1, 2018
What’s weird is that the league’s support of LGBTQ players shouldn’t exactly come as a shock. U.S. Soccer — especially women’s soccer — is pretty gay, with at least three out members of the queer community. As Katelyn Best wrote in OutSports, “the women’s national team fanbase is among the gayest in sports.”
— Li Lightfoot ⚒☆☆☆ (@LiLightfoot) May 31, 2018
— Davis Mae Evans (@DavisMaeEvans) June 1, 2018
No one is asking you to shag a girl.
— MimiJ (@MimiJ9) May 31, 2018
In the major leagues, Hinkle plays with and against LGBTQ people every day, and fans often prominently display rainbow flags in the stands.
Is her political statement more calculated than she would have us think?
A player with that attitude in 2018 doesn't deserve to represent the USA on an athletic field. You can have those beliefs, but leave your cleats at home. No room for intolerance. Especially intolerance masked by religion.
— Rome Van Lara (@RomeVanLara23) June 1, 2018
I will never understand….Some people are gay. Period. God made them too.
— Gwen Davies (@gwenedavies) June 1, 2018
The US will be fine without her
— Marcus P Pelletier (@DotMPP) June 1, 2018