Tré Goins-Phillips – June 12, 2017
Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has withdrawn from the U.S. Soccer team just two weeks after the organization announced that members of both the men’s and women’s teams will be donning rainbow-colored jerseys in honor of LGBT pride month.
Hinkle, a former defender for the North Carolina Courage, left the national team for “personal reasons,” according to a U.S. Soccer news release. Before leaving, she was on the roster to play friendlies against Sweden and Norway this month.
While it is not immediately clear if her departure is directly related to the National Women’s Soccer League’s decision to celebrate gay pride, Hinkle, 24, has not shied away from taking bold stances on the issue in the past.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, Hinkle posted a tweet acknowledging that the world “is falling farther and farther away from God.”