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Judge allows court case to continue against a coach who allegedly benched player for not kneeling

A judge has ruled that a court case by Kiersten Hening against her former soccer coach, Charles Aidair, can continue.

Hening played for Virginia Tech’s soccer team between 2018 – 2020. She alleges that she was benched by the coach and pushed to leave the team when she refused to participate in social justice activities being promoted by the coach, the New York Post reports.

This included allegations she was verbally abused at halftime by the coach after she refused to kneel before a game in Sept 2020, an incident which allegedly led to significantly reduced playing time, resulting in Hening leaving the team.

In a statement announcing that the court case could continue, Federal Judge Thomas Cullen wrote:

“Hening, who had been a major on-field contributor for two years prior to the 2020 season, also asserts that Adair removed her from the starting lineup for the next two games and drastically reduced her playing time in those games because she had engaged in this protected First Amendment activity. As a result, Hening resigned from the team after the third game of the season.”

Though Henning supported social justice issues, she did not support the Black Lives Matter organization.

READ: Ex-Virginia Tech soccer player allegedly benched for refusing to kneel allowed to proceed with lawsuit: judge

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