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MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV/CNN) -- Church or football?

A college athlete said his coach forced him to choose between the two, and now he's fighting to stay on the team.

"He asked me to choose between church and football," Portland State University student Vincent Johnson said. "I said, 'Coach, you can't ask me to do that. It's like asking me to choose between God and football.'"

Johnson said it's a decision he didn't want to, and shouldn't have to, make.

"I just really want to play," he said.

But he hasn't played since spring when he said he went to his coach with a problem. Four services at his Milwaukie church, World Mission Society Church of God, fell at the same time as football practice.

A college athlete said his coach forced him to choose between the two, and now he's fighting to stay on the team.

Johnson claims his coach would only allow some of the absences.

"There's a lot of people that miss practice due to if they have academics, or anything like that, so it could have been arranged," he said.

He's filed a complaint, which is still under investigation, with the university.

"We reported it to our global diversity and inclusion office and immediately began an investigation," PSU Communications Director Scott Gallagher said. "In the meantime, we've made the student aware that their tuition and their scholarship is safe and secure."

For that, Johnson said he's grateful.

"That was a blessing right there," he said.

His primary focus is still on finishing school, but he's also hoping to get back on the field.

"I just want to finish my college career," Johnson said.

The university expects the investigation to wrap sometime in the next two weeks.

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