U.S. Soccer issues statement on Rapinoe kneeling during anthem

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

On a night dedicated to the departing U.S. Women’s National Team star Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe took centerstage as she continued her show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, taking a knee for the national anthem.

Rapinoe first took a knee prior to the Seattle Reign, Chicago Red Stars match, stating it was the “least I could do” to continue the conversation started by the 49ers backup over social justice and racial inequality.

But Thursday night was the first time Rapinoe took a knee for the “Star-Spangled Banner” while in the uniform of the U.S. National Team, prompting U.S. Soccer to issue a statement on the situation:

“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.”


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