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Virginia Tech’s former soccer player claims she was suspended in 2020 after refusing kneel during a pre-game unity ceremony. This was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. She sued the school in 2021. The school has now settled with Kiersten Henneing, the player who will receive $100,000. Neither the school nor the coach, Charles “Chugger” Adair, however, admitted to any wrongdoing.
Kiersten Hening from Virginia Tech was benched after refusing to kneel. Settlement amounts to $100k
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The Roanoke Times published the following details:
Hening claimed that she had lost her starting place after. [Coach] Adair became furious after refusing to kneel in a unity ceremony during the 2020 game. This was partly to show support for Black Lives Matter after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police officers sparked an outcry across the country.
Attorneys for Tech countered that Adair’s decision was based solely on Hening’s poor performance on the soccer field.
Here’s the problem with Tech’s arguments:
The player points out that she wasn’t a bench-sitter having played the…