Jaelene Hinkle chose not to play for the U.S. women’s national team last year because her religious beliefs prevented her from wearing a jersey that commemorated LGBTQ Pride Month.
Hinkle revealed the reason for her decision last June in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s talk show The 700 Club, which posted the footage on its website Wednesday. No reason for her absence was given by the national team at the time.
‘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 He was asking of me to do in the situation,’ she continued. ‘I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life, and I’m saying no to. It was very disappointing.’
‘I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient. But just because you’re obedient doesn’t make it easy.’
Hinkle has not been called up to the national team since.
The USWNT has featured several women from the LGBTQ community over the years, including Abby Wambach, whose 184 international goals ranks first all-time among all U.S. men’s and women’s soccer players.
Hinkle’s views were not exactly a secret.
When gay marriage was legalized nationally in 2015, Hinkle took to Twitter to condemn the decision: ‘This world is falling farther and farther away from God… All that can be done by believers is to continue to pray.’
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Source: Daily Mail