Different sport, same controversy.
Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team, is known for regularly protesting during the playing of the national anthem. When the protests kicked off with Colin Kaepernick in 2016, Rapinoe was one of the first in a different sport to follow his lead by taking a knee as well.
More recently, she’s remained silent during the anthem, hands firmly behind her back.
Her protest has now gotten around to President Donald Trump, who pretty much threw more gasoline on the fire of the protests in a back and forth with NFL players.
Trump recently spoke with The Hill and was asked if Rapinoe should be protesting against the country while representing the country overseas. His reply, “No. I don’t think so.”
The U.S. soccer co-captain spoke on her World Cup actions in May when she announced, “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”
Rapinoe spent part of the 2018 season taking a knee during the anthem, but that would soon come to an end after the team put a rule in place requiring the players to stand during the anthem.
The U.S. team has won its first three games in the tournament so far.
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