Women’s U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe did exactly what she said she was going to do on Tuesday before her teams first match in the Women’s World Cup against Thailand.
She refused to put her hand over her heart, or sing the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner.
She was hammered for her decision on Social Media. She claims she is doing this to protest President Trump. Protest what exactly Megan?
You’re a female, playing on a elite professional soccer team of other women, with endorsements, sponsors, and a paycheck. Please again tell me how you are oppressed in any way shape or form?
She was also the first white athlete to kneel during the National Anthem according to Fox News.
Per Fox News:
Rapinoe, who was the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem before a sporting event following former NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s decision in 2016, told Yahoo Sports last month she would “probably never sing the national anthem again.”
She said she wasn’t satisfied with the conversation that stemmed from her decision to kneel during the anthem. She expressed her displeasure with U.S. soccer’s statement about the kneeling controversy and the federation’s decision to adopt a rule requiring players to “stand and honor the flag.”
“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it,” she told Yahoo Sports. “I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me, that was the same as what the NFL was doing – just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I’m doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense for everyone.”
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