Megan Rapinoe represented the U.S. women’s national team in their 3-1 win against the Netherlands on Sunday.
Rapinoe, 31, also knelt during the national anthem as she continues to protest against injustice against the gay community in the USA.
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Following on from Colin Kaepernick’s lead — he has taken a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the U.S. — Rapinoe has now decided to take a knee for the national anthem during an NSWL game (well, once and then the second time they didn’t give her a chance too) and during the last two U.S. national team games.
Following her actions to not stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner” before the win against Thailand last Thursday in Columbus, this statement was released by U.S. Soccer.
“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. 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.”
Rapinoe was not suspended by U.S. Soccer following her actions last Thursday and now that she took a knee again in Atlanta, will they issue another statement?
Below is video of Rapinoe kneeling for the anthem against the Netherlands on Sunday.
It will now be interesting to see if the USWNT veteran is handed a suspension or not called up to the USWNT by U.S. Soccer for the two games against Switzerland in October.