College Rescinds Job Offer When They Find out Basketball Coach They Hired is No Longer Gay

A former college basketball star publicly renounced homosexuality on a YouTube video. Now she's out of a job.

By Nancy Flory Published on November 3, 2017

Former college basketball star Camille LeNoir was hired to be a college assistant coach. However, the offer was rescinded when the school found out from an old YouTube video that she was no longer gay. Not only did she no longer identify as gay, she said it was a sin.

The YouTube Video

LeNoir’s former coach at New Mexico State University, Mark Trakh, offered her a job as an assistant basketball coach. But just two days before she was to leave for New Mexico, he called her to rescind the offer. Trakh informed her that he’d watched a 2011 YouTube video where LeNoir talked about basketball, sexuality and faith.

“Homosexuality in women’s basketball has become the norm,” LeNoir said in the video. For most of her collegiate career, LeNoir was in a relationship with women. After college, LeNoir played basketball in Greece, where she was the top Point Guard of the league. It was during her time in Greece that she felt convicted to leave homosexuality. On the YouTube video, she explained:

It’s not worth it. If you’re in a same-sex relationship, it’s not worth losing your soul. Whoever you’re in that relationship, like the Lord told me, it will be the death of you. I just believe you can overcome it. You can overcome and defeat sin and it’s by the power and the grace of God. I just really believe that if you just look to Christ, you will be delivered from it. If you believe that it’s something  — you were born gay or homosexual, you feel like you were born that way, I would say that you weren’t. God wouldn’t create you a homosexual and then say in the Bible that it’s wrong and then send you to hell. He doesn’t operate like that.

The Threat

Trakh told LeNoir to pull the video or she’d never work in the industry. “I felt the job was taken away because of my heterosexuality,” she said. She’s now suing New Mexico State in a U.S. District Court. She said she was discriminated against because of her religious beliefs and sexuality. New Mexico State claims in court documents that LeNoir’s statements on homosexuality in the film would “have had an adverse impact” on her “ability to effectively coach and recruit players who identify as LGBT.”

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LeNoir said she could be a great coach regardless of her statements on the video. “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.”

“I never had a chance to talk to anyone, to share,” LeNoir told The Washington Post. “It’s like they took this video and the fact that I’m heterosexual now and made decisions without getting to know the Camille six years later.”

“I believe it was an injustice,” said Camille. “A huge injustice.”

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  • Dena

    I hope she gets justice in court. It’s discrimination based on religious beliefs.

    Most Christians who believe what the Bible says, believe homosexuality is a sin. God can set people free who are struggling with homosexual desires. He set my cousin free. He set Camille free. There is more people out there who have overcome homosexuality.

    • She is entitled to her religious beliefs, as long her prejudices do not reflect poorly on her employer.

      • Dena

        Of course, as Christians we are suppose to love people and treat them with respect.

        I’m sure if Camille got the job, some of the players would want to ask her questions how she got free from homosexual desires. If asked, she would tell them that God can set them free as well. She is a living witness that it’s possible.

  • ARB

    “If you believe that it’s something — you were born gay or homosexual, you feel like you were born that way, I would say that you weren’t. God wouldn’t create you a homosexual and then say in the Bible that it’s wrong and then send you to hell. He doesn’t operate like that.”

    Sorry, but as much as I respect this lady, and hope she receives redress for the discrimination she’s experiencing, this is very nearly approaching bad theology. God might not create homosexuals, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t born with inclinations toward sin. We all are. That’s the sorry nature we humans, categorically, inherit: to be not just born in sin, but to be sinful from the very moment of conception (Ps 51:5), by nature deserving of God’s wrath (Eph 2:3). I don’t know the biology to say whether or not some are biologically inclined towards homosexuality, and the little bits of science I’ve seen have, in fact, indicated otherwise, but her argument’s theological basis is highly faulty.

    • sc_cannon

      ARB I suspect you were love/sex starved and turned to the demonic point of view. I know that you will deny everything but most people will believe my explanation for your pro homosexual stance.

    • Sonny’s Mom

      You’re completely missing her point. She’s refuting the “born that way” argument, which is a false theory of child development. Babies and little children express their impulse to sin in many ways, but sexual development comes later. In your effort to win a theological argument, please be careful not to end up justifying Kinsey’s mischaracterization of human development.

    • Morduin00

      It depends on whether you believe God created people with the ability of free will or not. God may not “intentionally” create homosexuals blah blah blah, but giving them free will allows them to “decide” to either pursue sin or not. (I put “decide” in quotes because for a thought to qualify as a decision, some criteria must be met.)

  • sc_cannon

    Be sure to cover the story when Mark Trakh is fired for his pro-homosexuality agenda, (actually for his demonic agenda)

  • Diogenes71

    These folks have no respect for others. Everyone must conform to their idea of immorality. Or else!

  • Imagine if she had posted a pro-BLM video on YouTube. Pro-Trump conservative Christians would be DEMANDING her firing.

    However, she was most definitely NOT fired because she claims to be Straight. Civil rights laws in New Mexico prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • BroFrank

    A very interesting conundrum now appears within this discussion. For, the reason Ms Lenoir wishes to sue for non-employment by the college is specifically because the law forbids discrimination based on religious belief, relative to the homosexual question. However, if we allow businesses to refuse to bake a cake, because of moral/religious conviction over this issue, should we not also allow other businesses NOT to employ someone for the same reason?
    Freedoms, to be valid, must be extended both ways—to those we agree with, as well as those we do not.

    Why not level the playing field, and allow the market place to regulate this issue, without legal penalties, either way?

    • Morduin00

      It would be one thing if they refused to hire her at all and another thing to hire her and then rescind the offer. The baker analogy is flawed, I think, because the customer knows the business’ policy from the start. Unless Ms. LeNoir misrepresented herself, I doubt the college had “must be a lesbian” on the job description.

      Your second point is dead on. Let the marketplace regulate the issue.

    • Dena

      I think the school was afraid that she would help others leave the homosexual lifestyle, because they’re under the illusion that a gay person can’t change.

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