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Did Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle skip U.S. women’s team trip because they wore pride jerseys?

USWNT team player cited ‘personal reasons.’

USA Women v Sweden Women - International Friendly
The USWNT wears pride jerseys vs. Sweden.
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Here are two facts: The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team wore LGBT pride-themed jerseys in games this weekend in Sweden and Norway. Player Jaelene Hinkle, who is very vocal in her Christian beliefs, skipped the trip for “personal reasons.”

It is unclear whether the decision to wear the pride jerseys was the reason Hinkle skipped the trip, though there is a good chance this is the case.

On June 26, 2015, the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, Hinkle on Instagram reworked a symbol of marriage equality into a Christian cross, writing:

I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true. It's not a fictional book. It's not a pick and choose what you want to believe. You either believe it, or you don't. This world may change, but Christ and His Word NEVER will.

My heart is that as Christians we don't begin to throw a tantrum over what has been brought into law today, but we become that much more loving. That through our love, the lost, rejected, and abandoned find Christ.

The rainbow was a convent made between God and all his creation that never again would the world be flooded as it was when He destroyed the world during Noah's time. It's a constant reminder that no matter how corrupt this world becomes, He will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you Lord for your amazing grace, even during times of trial and confusion.

Love won over 2,000 years ago when the greatest sacrifice of all time was made for ALL mankind. ❤️

On her Twitter account, Hinkle has this pinned to the top: "If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection."

If Hinkle skipped the Scandinavian trip because of the pride jersey, that is between her and the national team. The head coach, Jill Ellis, is openly gay, and that has not kept Hinkle from earning a spot on the roster.

Hinkle has a right to her personal beliefs and if that means skipping a chance to play, that is also her right. USA Soccer celebrated the men’s and women’s teams wearing pride jerseys this month and I don’t see the trend ending anytime soon, so Hinkle could be faced with the same decision again next year.