Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Takes Knee During Pregame Anthem in ‘Nod to Kaepernick’


Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 10.05.45 AMMegan Rapinoe, a star player on the 2015 World Cup winning United States women’s national soccer team, took a knee during the National Anthem prior to a National Women’s Soccer League game last night in Illinois.

According to a report from American Soccer Now, Rapinoe said she took a knee before Sunday night’s Seattle Reign vs. Chicago Red Stars game to support 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and the issues of racial oppression that he’s protesting.

“It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now,” Rapinoe said. “I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t.”

Later, Rapinoe acknowledged her protest on Twitter. In response to a thank you tweet from Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, Rapinoe wrote, “It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going.”

Speaking to former US national team star and current ESPN soccer analyst Julie Foudy, Rapinoe said that she thought the treatment of Kaepernick has been “overtly racist.”

Rapinoe told Foudy she intends to continue her protest going forward.

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