CHICAGO — U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt through the nationwide anthem Sunday evening earlier than the Seattle Reign’s recreation towards the Chicago Pink Stars “in a bit nod” to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick’s refusal to face for the U.S. anthem to protest racial injustice and minority oppression got here to public discover when he remained seated on the bench earlier than a pre-season recreation towards Inexperienced Bay in August. On Thursday evening, he and a San Francisco 49ers teammate, security Eric Reid, knelt through the anthem earlier than a recreation towards the San Diego Chargers.
“It was very intentional,” Rapinoe informed American Soccer Now after Seattle’s 2-2 tie within the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League recreation.
“It was a bit nod to Kaepernick and the whole lot that he’s standing for proper now. I believe it’s really fairly disgusting the way in which he was handled and the way in which that plenty of the media has coated it and made it about one thing that it completely isn’t. We have to have a extra considerate, two-sided dialog about racial points on this nation.
“Being a homosexual American, I do know what it means to have a look at the flag and never have it defend all your liberties,” she continued. “It was one thing small that I might do and one thing that I plan to maintain doing sooner or later and hopefully spark some significant dialog round it. It’s essential to have white individuals stand in help of individuals of color on this. We don’t must be the main voice, in fact, however standing in help of them is one thing that’s actually highly effective.”
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane confirmed his help for Kaepernick by sitting on the bench through the nationwide anthem at a pre-season recreation in Oakland.
The 31-year-old Rapinoe has performed for Seattle since 2013, after a stint with the French workforce Olympique Lyon. A standout on the College of Portland, she debuted with the senior U.S. ladies’s nationwide workforce in 2006.
Recognized for her creativity on the sphere, Rapinoe has performed in two Girls’s World Cups and two Olympics. She injured her knee final December throughout coaching and required surgical procedure, however was capable of come again and play within the Rio Video games.
Since popping out in 2012, Rapinoe has been a faithful advocate for LGBT rights and has labored with the Homosexual, Lesbian & Straight Schooling Community (GLSEN) and different organizations.
Rapinoe additionally has been vocal about pay fairness, and was amongst 5 nationwide workforce gamers who lent their names to a criticism filed with the Equal Employment Alternative Fee alleging wage discrimination. The gamers declare that members of the workforce make, in some instances, as much as 4 instances lower than their male nationwide workforce counterparts.
She has incessantly spoken out on Twitter, delving into politics and even calling out the NWSL when a match was performed on an especially slim subject earlier this summer time.