Only a week after members of the U.S. women’s soccer team embarrassed themselves by behaving like obnoxious brats during a New York City parade in their honor, the team returned to the spotlight again by bashing fellow women’s soccer star Jaelene Hinkle over her religion (despite claims otherwise).
Two years ago, Hinkle turned down an offer to play for the U.S. women’s team because of a requirement that year that players don a political jersey in support of homosexuality.
“I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey. … I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life, and that I’m saying no to. It was very disappointing,” she revealed in an interview a year later in 2018.
This interview returned to the forefront of the public’s conscious this week when some began wondering why she hadn’t been considered for this year’s roster, given as she’s reportedly considered to be the top left-back in the National Women’s Soccer League.
According to reports, she was allegedly “snubbed” last year as well.
“U.S. head coach Jill Ellis brought Hinkle into camp ahead of the 2018 Tournament of Nations in July. After three days of training, Ellis trimmed the 25-player roster down to the mandated 23. Hinkle was one of two cuts, and hasn’t been back with the team since,” Yahoo News reported.
According to reports, after commentators began opining this week about the 2018 “snub,” Ellis issued a statement claiming Hinkle’s removal had been “solely based on soccer.”
Religious conservatives appeared not to believe this, including Obianuju Ekeocha, a Catholic author and conservative activist with a history of calling out left-wing BS.
In a tweet posted Sunday, she suggested that both the team’s requirement in 2017 that Hinkle wear a pro-homosexual jersey and the team’s alleged “snub” of her in 2018 prove that the U.S. women’s soccer 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.
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
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) July 14, 2019
Responding to this very tweet Monday, U.S. women’s soccer team member Ashlyn Harris, a lesbian, chose to bash Hinkle — not Ekeocha, who was the one who posted this tweet — by labeling her “homophobic.”
“Hinkle, our team is about inclusion,” she wrote. “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 team. Same on you.”
Just to be clear, Hinkle has never once said that she found the team unwelcoming. It was Ekeocha who’d posited this opinion. All the soccer star had ever done is explain in an interview why she’d rejected a chance to play in 2017 — because of her religious beliefs.
Look at Harris’s tweets below:
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. https://t.co/XmzKIB88UV
— Ashlyn Harris (@Ashlyn_Harris) July 15, 2019
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
Note her tweets began with the word Hinkle, not Ekeocha. This is called displacement, and it’s a psychological defense mechanism.
“Displacement is a psychological defense mechanism in which negative feelings are transferred from the original source of the emotion to a less threatening person or object,” according to Verywell, a board-certified-physician-reviewed mental health portal.
“The negative emotions elicited toward the source of the feelings are instead redirected toward a more powerless substitute. This target may take the form of a person or even an object. This defense allows the individual to act out their emotions in a way that reduces the chances of negative repercussions.”
Who’s a bigger threat to Harris — a soft-spoken, fellow soccer star, or a tough-as-nails Catholic author and conservative activist known for putting leftists in their place?
Though numerous social media users have tried to point out to the U.S. women’s soccer team star that it was Ekeocha, not Hinkle, who’d bashed the team, as of Tuesday her tweet still hadn’t been corrected.
“Ekeocha wrote that “Apparently, the US women’s Football team is not a very welcoming place for Christians.” The remark was not prompted by anything current Hinkle said or did, or by any recent news coverage of the year-old comments.”https://t.co/P87tqFlMwA
— Tom Basso (@TomBasso3) July 16, 2019
Hinkle didn t say that, it was Ekeocha. No wonder that the US is so divided when ALL sides put words into each other’s mouths that they never said. That s really sad.
— Rainer Fussgaenger (@hattrickblog) July 16, 2019
She never said it was not a welcoming place for Christians, I believe it was Ms. Ekeocha who tweeted that…it was her interpretation.
— Lynette (@chefskorkswife1) July 15, 2019
First, Hinkle never said that. She said she made a difficult personal choice.
Second, your tweets could easily be used as evidence of religious discrimination by the USWNT. So you might want to zip it.
— Brenda Andrews (@brndandrews) July 16, 2019
lol She never said anything it was a random writer who said the team wasnt accepting og Christians. Um you also might want to re-read the bible as it does say you sin.
— #1Assman (@JRayXB) July 16, 2019
As for Harris’s claim that her animosity toward Hinkle isn’t about religion, her tweet clearly shows that’s a baldfaced lie — perhaps even the lie of the year.