When U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ before a match on Sept. 4, Colin Kaepernick added one more athlete to the roster of names joining him in his national anthem protest. Get the full scoop on why Megan knelt here.
Seattle Reign’s star Megan Rapinoe, 31, knelt during the national anthem before their match against the Chicago Red Stars on Sept. 4, in support of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s current protest. “It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going,” she tweeted, after earlier telling American Soccer Now the the move was “a nod to Kaepernick.” And Megan has definitely kept this already raging conversation going.
Colin started the discussion when he refused to stand during the national anthem during San Francisco’s preseason games. “I’m not anti-American,” the 28-year-old quarterback said. “I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.” And people are DEFINITELY talking about them now that Colin won’t stand during the anthem, but not everyone is saying kind things and not everyone agrees with how he is going about his protest.
But Megan, a midfielder for Seattle Reign, seems to truly respect what Colin is doing, and has a very personal reason for joining in the conversation. Two weeks before the 2012 London Olympic Games, in which Megan would play a crucial part in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s win, she took the opportunity to stand up for LGBTI equality, and came out publicly. “I feel like sports in general are still homophobic in the sense that not a lot of people are out,” she said. “I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want—they need—to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.” We wonder how support from Megan and possibly other members of the LGBTI community will help Colin in his fight against racial injustice.
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