Jaelene Hinkle, a Christian soccer player with the North Carolina Courage, quit the United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) in 2017 to protest their rainbow-lettered jerseys supporting LGBT Pride month.
Hinkle told her story to The 700 Club, a cable show owned by evangelist Pat Robertson who has told numerous documented lies:
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.”
I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their whole lives, and I’m saying no to it. It was very disappointing.
I think that’s where the peace trumps the disappointment, because I knew in my spirit that I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient, and just because you’re obedient doesn’t make it easy.
ThinkProgress reports that Hinkle does accept money from LGBT fans of soccer without reservation:
In fact, at most games in the National Women’s Soccer League, the pro league in which Hinkle competes for the Courage, fans prominently display rainbow flags in the stands.
Hinkle plays with and against members of the LGBTQ community on a daily basis in professional soccer, and LGBTQ fans pay the money that allows her to play the sport she loves professionally.