Christian soccer player drops out of games over Gay-Pride jerseys
By Emmanuella Ellis
A U.S. women’s soccer player recently pulled out of two of the team’s international games due to the team’s decisions to wear gay-pride jersey’s in the games.
US soccer announced that its men’s and women’s national teams will be honoring fans and members of the LGBTQ community by wearing specially designed jerseys with rainbow colored numbers during upcoming games.
Jaelene Hinkle who plays for the national women’s soccer league’s North Carolina Courage, chose to pull out of the games, causing a lot of speculation as to her reasons. The 24-year-old soccer player is known to have and share very strong religious believes. This was made evident when Hinkle hinted her disapproval of the supreme court’s ruling in favour of same sex marriage in the nation in a recent tweet.
In June 2015, Jaelene posted a tweet saying, “This world is falling farther and farther apart from God……. All that can be done by believers is to continue to pray.”
This tweet and other posts on Hinkle’s Instagram about Christ, the Bible as a non-fictional book and the need for Christians to choose love over tantrums over the inclusions to the law which is likely to be related to the earlier tweet may have fueled the speculations.
The New York post cited the soccer player’s reasons for pulling out of the team’s games as being due to personal reasons based on information gathered from the US soccer press release on Tuesday. However, the post further indicated the federation's plans to honour LGBTQ month with rainbow numbered jerseys may have influenced the player’s decision.
The decision to pull out of the games sparked numerous positive and negative comments from different groups of people on social media. However, Jaelene is standing firmly behind her decision not to play in those particular games.