Why would Megan Rapinoe play for a country that she holds with such contempt?
I never understood why Megan Rapinoe agreed to accept a position on the U.S. Women’s National Team. Why would she play for a country that she holds with such contempt?
And even more puzzling, why would U.S. Soccer select a woman who clearly cannot tolerate the nation she’s supposed to be representing?
There’s no doubt that Ms. Rapinoe is a great athlete, but her off-the-field behavior is repugnant, unpatriotic and downright unsportsmanlike.
She told Yahoo Sports that she considered herself to be a “walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration.”
Solidarity with Kaepernick
Back in 2016 she took a knee during the National Anthem to show her solidarity with disgraced football player Colin Kaepernick.
When U.S. Soccer issued a statement calling on players to stand for the national anthem, she blasted the decision as “blanketed patriotism” and “cowardly.”
During the World Cup, Ms. Rapinoe stood during the Star-Spangled Banner, but refused to sing along or place her hand over her heart.
“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” she told Yahoo Sports. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”
Ms. Rapinoe called her one-woman protest against the National Anthem a “F you” to the Trump administration.
“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” she said. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So, it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”