Seattle Reign FC star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign’s 2-2 tie with the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League.
“It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going,” Rapinoe tweeted about her actions in protest of racial injustice and minority oppression.
Rapinoe’s protest follows similar high-profile actions by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The football player’s refusal to stand for the anthem first came to public notice when he remained seated on the bench before a preseason game against Green Bay.
On Thursday night in San Diego, Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneeled during the anthem before a game against the Chargers.
The 31-year-old Rapinoe helped the U.S. win the World Cup last year and played in the Rio Olympics. She told American Soccer Now she was offended by the way Kaepernick was being treated, and wanted to show solidarity.
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” she said.