Jaelene Hinkle, The Christian soccer player who bowed out of the U.S. women’s national soccer team last year has confirmed it was because her faith conflicted with wearing a jersey celebrating gay “pride.”
Hinkle said in a new interview with the 700 Club:
“I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey. I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what God was asking me to do in this situation.”
Hinkle told the 700 Club that she wrestled with her Christian faith, to which she’d first committed at age 12, and trying to fit in throughout her soccer career and college. But when she got a blood clot soccer again.
“Everything just came crashing down,” she said, and she promised God that if she’d be allowed to play soccer again, it would be for Him.
The blood clot subsided, and the doctor told her, “you have gotten a miracle,” she recalled. After that, “I wanted to know anything and everything about the Lord.”
Hinkle, who has not been asked to come back to the women’s national team, plays for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League. The Courage played in Portland, Oregon last week, where she was greeted by angry attendees who booed and jeered when her name was announced during her junior year at Texas Tech, she faced the possibility of never being able to play.