Jaelene Hinkle had the opportunity of a lifetime, but her gut told her it wasn't the right thing to do.
The 25-year-old defender currently plays for the North Carolina Courages but turned down an offer to play for the U.S. Women's National Team last year. The reason Hinkle declined the offer was that she refused to wear the team's LGBTQ Pride Month jersey.
Hinkle said wearing that jersey went against her Christian faith, and she wanted to stand by with what is true. She sat down with "The 700 Club" in an interview to discuss her story.
At the time when she withdrew the chance to play for the U.S. Women National Team, she said it was because of "personal reasons." But speculations began to rise.
In the recent interview, she confirms that her faith was the reason she declined the offer. While staying true to her faith, it still wasn't an easy decision.
“I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” Hinkle said in the interview. “And I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what He was asking of me to do in the situation. I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life, and I’m saying no to. It was very disappointing.”
After Hinkle's decision went public, she was booed at a Wednesday night game against the Portland Thorns. A fan decided to mock Hinkle's decision as he brought a rainbow-colored sign that read, "personal reasons."
Hinkle said that she knew that once this went public, she was likely going to get criticized and harassed, but it was God's instruction that has helped her come to peace with this decision.
"Just because you are obedient, it doesn't make it easy," Hinkle said.
In past years, Hinkle had been asked to play for the women's national team, and, in fact, played. But since her refusal to play last year, she has not received any more opportunities.
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“If I never get a national team call-up again, that’s just part of his plan and that’s OK,” Hinkle said. “And maybe this was why you were meant to play soccer. Just to show other believers to be obedient.”
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