Soccer player Megan Rapinoe is funny. At the beginning of last night’s game between the United States and Thailand, she refused to stand for the national anthem with her teammates. Instead, she took a knee to protest against all the injustice and inequality our country represents. Or something.
It wasn’t the first time Megan Rapinoe’s pulled this stunt and disrespected our country. She took a knee earlier this month between the Chicago Red Stars and her Seattle Reign. What makes last night’s stunt noteworthy is that she did it while wearing the U.S. Woman’s National Team uniform. She refused to stand and honor a country while representing that same country.
If that seems hypocritical, that’s because it is.
U.S. Soccer released the following statement on ESPN2:
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.
I expect U.S. Soccer to suspend Megan Rapinoe. They suspended Hope Solo six months for referring to the Sweden national team as “a bunch of cowards” after a 4-3 loss at the Rio Olympics. U.S. Soccer doesn’t mess around.