The Washington Post has reported that Camille LeNoir recently received some bad news. She wouldn't be landing her dream job, which she had hoped would throw her into the thrilling world of coaching college basketball. LeNoir was a former player herself, starring at the University of Southern California before playing professionally overseas.
Now that her own career is over, LeNoir wishes to help young basketball players advance their own careers. As a result, she was beyond excited when her former coach offered her an assistant position at New Mexico State University. She accepted the job, thinking that it would be the beginning of something great, but two days before she boarded the plane to leave, she got an unfortunate phone call.
The topic of the call? According to the Washington Post, the primary topic of discussion in this phone call was her views on religious faith and sexuality. In a video, LeNoir revealed that she used to identify as gay. But now, she says that homosexuality is "wrong" and "not worth losing your soul over." Because of these views, her former coach claimed that he no longer wanted her to come.
"I felt the job was taken away because of my heterosexuality," she said, according to the Washington Post.
As a result, LeNoir isn't backing down. In fact, she is suing New Mexico State in U.S. District Court for discrimination based on her religious beliefs and sexual identity. In response, the university is defending itself, claiming that LeNoir would not have been able to effectively recruit players, many of whom might identify as LGBTQ.
Despite filing a lawsuit against the university, Lenoir says she still loves basketball and coaching. Indeed, basketball is a sport she has loved since being 7 seven years old. It was, now, and has always been an integral part of her life. During high school, she was the star of her team, and it continued to be her passion and lifestyle throughout college and onward.
“I have not left the basketball world. I know what the culture is like, and that has never affected how I am as a teacher, as a person,” she said. “I love everybody.”
The Daily Mail writes that LeNoir ended her previous relationship after prayer and reading the Word of God in the Scriptures. She decided that she could no longer reconcile her relationship and her Christian beliefs, and as a result decided to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life.
“It was tough. I ended my last relationship [and] I was in love. There was nothing that went wrong in that relationship,” she said. “And so it was just a constant wrestling with what I know the Bible says, my family says and my emotions. And so I got to the point where, like, I’m choosing this over that.”
Apparently, the decision to accept the job came with some opportunities lost. In order to entice her to move across the country, her former coach offered to slash his own salary by $5,000. They had already discussed some things she could begin working on immediately after arriving. So she accepted the job on April 24, 2016. Her former coach was thrilled to have her on. That is, until he saw the video where she revealed she was no longer gay.
LeNoir thinks that she could have gotten the job if only she had taken down the video and identified as gay once more.
Here is the controversial video that she posted online — the one that prevented her from entering the world of college basketball coaching.
LeNoir currently runs a small business, True Point Guard, where she trains young players. She also serves as an assistant coach at a Christian high school in Los Angeles.
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