U.S. Women’s Soccer Player Ashlyn Harris Bullies Former Teammate Jaelene Hinkle Calling Her Homophobic
After a video resurfaced questioning Jaelene Hinkle’s omission from the U.S. women’s national soccer team, lesbian goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made strong accusations that former teammate Hinkle is “homophobic”.
Monday night, Harris wrote on Twitter:
“Hinkle, our team is about inclusion. Your religion was never the problem. The problem is your intolerance and you are homophobic. You don’t belong in a sport that aims to unite and bring people together. You would never fit into our pack or what this team stands for. Don’t you dare say our team is ‘not a welcoming place for Christians.’ You weren’t around long enough to know what this team stood for. This is actually an insult to the Christians on our teams. Same on you.”
Don’t you dare say our team is ‘not a welcoming place for Christians’. You weren’t around long enough to know what this team stood for. This is actually an insult to the Christians on our team. Same on you.— Ashlyn Harris (@Ashlyn_Harris) July 15, 2019
Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Live Africa, uploaded the old video last Sunday of Hinkle speaking about the national team and tweeted:
“Jaelene Hinkle, is the 26-year-old American footballer who gave up the opportunity to be in the USWNT. I was very curious to know what happened so I went in search of her interview with CBN. Apparently, the US women’s Football team is not a very welcoming place for Christians.”
Jaelene Hinkle, is the 26-year-old American footballer who gave up the opportunity to be in the USWNT.— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) July 14, 2019
I was very curious to know what happened so I went in search of her interview with CBN.
Apparently, the US women’s Football team is not a very welcoming place for Christians. pic.twitter.com/iWXrG4Dkcw
In 2017, Hinkle turned down a call from the national team for a pair of international friendlies after finding out that the players would be wearing rainbow-themed jerseys in honor of Gay Pride Month. Hinkle stated in an 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 was not included in final roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. Currently, 26-year-old Hinkle is the star for the North Carolina Courage professional team and was named the top left defender in the U.S. game.
Coach Jill Ellis of USWNT told reporters that the decision to remove Hinkle from the roster was “solely based on soccer.” With some of the biggest star players being openly gay as well as the coach, many are speculating that it was Hinkle’s Christian views that got her cut from the roster.
President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview in Colorado Springs, stated, “You do have a very activist team. It’s very much a part of the program. and if we’re talking about just any player, it wouldn’t be really clear, but just because of her abilities- Jaelene Hinkle is a heck of a player - it makes it that much more suspect.”