Earlier this week, USWNT star Megan Rapinoe decided to take a stand and support Colin Kaepernick in his protest of the National Anthem.
Last night, the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League decided to thwart her efforts, and play the National Anthem earlier than usual to prevent Rapinoe from taking a knee.
Needless to say, Rapinoe's response was less than thrilled.
Megan Rapinoe was disappointed by the Spirit's decision and wording of their statement. pic.twitter.com/qLtLrE05ya— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 8, 2016
“I didn’t hear it and I wasn’t exactly sure why it wasn’t played. It’s [expletive] unbelievable," Rapinoe began. "[I'm] saddened by it. It’s pretty clear what the message is I am trying to bring to light in Chicago and what I continue to try to talk about the last few days. Clearly with [Spirit owner Bill Lynch’s] actions, it’s a necessary conversation. It was incredibly distasteful, four days before one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say that I tried to hijack this event. … It’s just really disappointing and disrespectful. We want to talk about disrespect, and me disrespecting, he didn’t even give both teams a chance to even stand in front of it and show their respects. It’s unbelievable. It’s truly an unbelievable act to me.”
There are numerous athletes and celebrities across the country who have joined in on Colin Kaepernick's protest. His 49ers teammate Eric Reid and Seahawks safety Jeremy Lane have supported him, as well as J. Cole and Trey Songz.
Hopefully other teams in the NWSL don't follow what the Washington Spirit did last night. Rapinoe deserves a fair shot here.