First Amendment Retaliation Claim by Virginia Tech Player Who Didn't Kneel for "Unity Statement" Can Proceed

Eugene Volokh
The Volokh Conspiracy, Reason Magazine

Excerpt: Plaintiff Kiersten Hening, a former member of the Virginia Tech women's soccer team, filed this suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against her former coach, Charles "Chugger" Adair. Specifically, Hening alleges that, after she refused to kneel in support of social-justice initiatives, including Black Lives Matter ("BLM"), prior to the team's 2020 season opener against the University of Virginia ("UVA"), Adair retaliated against her in violation of the First Amendment.