Identity of Speakers
University of Virginia soccer coach
University of Virginia student and soccer player
Incident Political Orientation:
- Was Speech Code incident
A former Virginia Tech women’s soccer player, Kiersten Henin, made the decision to kneel during the ‘pregame unity ceremony’ in attempt to show her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The games following this her coach, Charles Adair, benched her, even though in prior games she was a starter for the team. Due to the actions taken by Adair, Henin resigned from the team after the third game following the incident.
Henin filed a suit against Adair stating that her First Amendment Rights were violated following his retaliation against her actions. Judge Thomas Cullen turned down the motion to dismiss, stating that there were factual disputes for a jury to decide. A confidential settlement conference was then held on December 20th.