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Source: PISCATAWAY, NJ - MAY 19: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE DEFENDER JAELENE HINKLE (15) DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE NATIONAL WOMENS SOCCER LEAGUE GAME BETWEEN THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE AND SKY BLUE FC ON MAY 19, 2018, AT YURCAK FIELD IN PISCATAWAY, NJ. (PHOTO BY RICH GRAESSLE/ICON SPORTSWIRE VIA GETTY IMAGES)

National League Soccer Player Quits Team Over Gay Pride Lettering On Team Jersey

By Mike Walsh

Jaelene Hinkle, 15, decided not to participate in the U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) friendlies last June. The North Carolina Courage defender objected to her jersey's rainbow lettering.

When Hinkle learned that the USWNT planned to include rainbow lettering on their jerseys to show support for the LGBTQ community during Pride month, she quit the team because she felt that wearing such a jersey went against her Christian religion.

Hinkle told the 700 Club:

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.