Former Virginia Tech soccer player sues coach, saying he forced her off team for not kneeling before a game

Hening left the team three games into the season due to her coach’s actions, according to the lawsuit

BLACKSBURG, Va. – A former soccer player at Virginia Tech is taking her coach to court, looking to once again play soccer for the Hokies.

Kiersten Hening filed a federal lawsuit against Charles “Chugger” Adair on March 3, claiming that, “because she refused to kneel, he benched her, subjected her to repeated verbal abuse, and forced her off the team.”

The lawsuit claims that Adair’s actions, as an actor of Virginia, violated Hening’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

Hening, a junior at Virginia Tech, was a starter on defense during her freshman and sophomore years.

While Adair supported proposals by the university to have athletes wear Black Lives Matter masks, wristbands and armbands, Henning quietly dissented, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states, “while Hening supports social justice and believes that black lives matter, she does not support the BLM organization. She disagrees with its tactics and core tenets of its mission statement, including defunding the police and eliminating the nuclear family.”

Prior to the start of the first game of the season on Sept. a12, 2020, while other starters knelt as a unity statement issued by the ACC was read, Hening remained standing.

“We, the ACC, are committed to seeing each other as equals, supporting each other, and treating each other with respect and dignity at all times, recognizing that our differences don’t divide us, but they make us stronger.”

ACC Unity Statement

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