Virginia Tech Soccer Player Who Was Benched for Not Kneeling During Anthem Wins Latest Court Battle Against Former Coach
Kiersten Hening – Virginia Tech
A judge recently ruled that former Virginia Tech women’s soccer player Kiersten Hening can continue her lawsuit against her former Virginia Tech soccer coach Charles “Chugger” Aidair.
Aidair benched Hening after she refused to kneel during the national anthem at games.
Hening filed the lawsuit last April.
Soccer Player Files Lawsuit Alleging She Was Forced Off Team for Refusing to Kneel Kiersten Hening filed the suit 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. pic.twitter.com/7TBafVQAae
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The coach berated her during halftime for her stance.
The former James River standout alleges that, during halftime of the Sept. 12 season opener at UVA, “Coach Adair berated Hening for her stance.” https://t.co/yhYwtXqOdP
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FOX News reported:
A judge recently ruled that a former Virginia Tech women’s soccer player can continue a lawsuit against her former coach after she was allegedly benched and pressured to leave the team for declining to kneel during a pregame social justice demonstration.
Kiersten Hening, who was a midfielder/defender for the Hokies from 2018 to 2020, sued coach Charles “Chugger” Aidair in 2021 on First Amendment grounds, which federal Judge Thomas Cullen announced on Dec. 2 can proceed to trial.
Hening alleged that Adair was not a fan of her political views and that she often differed from her teammates on social justice issues during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.
Hening further explained in the lawsuit that while she “supports social justice and believes that black lives matter,” she “does not support BLM the organization,” citing its “tactics and core tenets of its mission statement, including defunding the police.”