When Kiersten Hening joined the soccer team at Virginia Tech, she didn’t think she’d be forced to insult her country.
But then her coaches decided to embrace the controversial Black Lives Matter movement, and had players start wearing BLM medical masks, armbands, and shirts during practice.
Then they want a step too far — they asked their players to kneel during the National Anthem. And Hening was not on board.
She refused to kneel and suddenly, she found herself riding the bench. This appeared to be a punishment directly linked to her decision, because Hening was a starter who’d played the most minutes on the team in 2020.
She knew she’d been targeted for refusing to insult the flag and kowtow to the woke mob. So, she sued the school and coach Charles “Chugger” Adair for violating her First Amendment rights.
It took a while, but victory is finally here.
A former Virginia Tech women’s soccer team member who alleged that her coach benched her because she would not bow down and take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter has won a $100,000 settlement.
The school didn’t want to bring this into court, so they offered an out-of-court settlement, which Hening’s lawyers accepted.
This marks a rapid end to the case, which was given a boost back in December when U.S. District Judge Thomas T. Cullen gave the greenlight to the case.
Interestingly, Hening maintains that she actually supports BLM and social justice, but she doesn’t endorse the group’s push to destroy the nuclear family, nor does she support kneeling during the anthem.
It didn’t help that the coach made her the topic of an angry rant before a game, and then there came a “campaign of abuse” against her after that event.
Coach Adair made a statement after the settlement came through, saying he claims the end shows the case “lacked any standing.” The school also isn’t admitting to any wrongdoing in the matter.
Of course, Adair didn’t mention the settlement, likely because it makes him and the school seem guilty.
That’s exactly what Hening’s attorney pointed out on Twitter:
Standing up against the woke movement is risky — that much has been proven over and over again by those who refuse to bow and scrape.
Universities are often the biggest supporters of anything related to social justice, so it’s no surprise that they might punish students who refuse to be indoctrinated and led around by the nose.
The more they insist on spreading this social propaganda rather than offering higher education to our youth, the more students and parents are going to push back.
- Former Virginia Tech soccer player Kiersten Hening won a $100K settlement after suing the school.
- She claimed they violated her First Amendment rights by punishing her for not kneeling during the National Anthem.
- Hening also said she was the victim of a “campaign of abuse” afterward.