Soccer Player Files Lawsuit Alleging She Was Forced Off Team for Refusing to Kneel


A former college soccer player has filed a lawsuit claiming her rights were violated and that she was punished for standing, while others on her team knelt, for the reading of a unity pledge.

Kiersten Hening filed the suit last month against her former Virginia Tech coach, Charles “Chugger” Adair, alleging that “because she refused to kneel, he benched her, subjected her to repeated verbal abuse, and forced her off the team,” according to WSLS-TV.

Because she did not kneel, as did all other teammates but one, the lawsuit says she was subject to a “campaign of abuse and retaliation” that led her to quit the team, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“Hening’s stance was costly — too costly,” the lawsuit reads. “Her coach dislikes Hening’s political views. ”

Adair declined to comment.

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