Megan Rapinoe is one of the most famous members of the United States women’s national soccer team, but in recent days she has chosen to stand alongside San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Like Kaephernick, Rapinoe has refused to stand for the National Anthem alongside her teammates. Instead, she has opted to kneel during the anthem, to show her solidarity with Kaepernick.
Because Rapinoe is representing the U.S. national team, U.S. Soccer has spoken out and issued a strong warning to their star.
U.S. Soccer released a statement during the game, saying it did not agree with Rapinoe’s decision.
“Representing your country is a privilege and honor for any player or coach that is associated with U.S. Soccer’s National Teams. Therefore, our national anthem has particular significance for U.S. Soccer,” the statement read. “In front of national and often global audiences, the playing of our national anthem is an opportunity for our Men’s and Women’s National Team players and coaches to reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate in this country. As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played.”
Despite U.S. Soccer’s reprimand, Rapinoe has stood by her controversial action, claiming “what I know was right all along” and “As of now I plan to keep kneeling. I’m trying to kind of formulate a better plan and an action step moving forward. But until then, this is how I can use my voice going forward, and this is how I can be an ally in this space.”
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