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U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe ignored the national anthem before the Women’s World Cup game against Thailand on Tuesday.

Rapinoe, who is openly gay, had previously said she would never sing the national anthem again as an ‘f-you’ to President Donald Trump. She announced that she would “never put my hand over my heart” or sing the national anthem in an interview with Yahoo News in May.

“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” Rapinoe said in May. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”

She was seen standing silently without her hand over her heart when the national anthem played on Tuesday while her teammates sang and placed their hands over their hearts, The Blaze reported. Many people took to social media in response showing both their support and disagreement with her decision.

“Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not,” she told Yahoo News. “So it’s kind of a good ‘f-you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”

Rapinoe became the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem in 2016, supporting former professional football player Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback made headlines when he knelt during the anthem before a game three years ago. Kaepernick has said that kneeling during the national anthem was a way to protest against police brutality and racism.

After Rapinoe knelt, U.S. soccer gave a statement and adopted a rule that requires players to “stand and honor the flag.” Rapinoe has said that she was not happy with this decision and with the statement.

“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it,” Rapinoe told Yahoo Sports. “I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me, that was the same as what the NFL was doing – just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I’m doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense for everyone.”

Rapinoe is a captain on the U.S. women’s soccer team. The team beat Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday. The women’s soccer team is currently suing the United States Soccer Federation for “purposeful gender discrimination” in an effort to gain equal pay, according to The News York Times.

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Gayle

    June 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I don’t care what gender, what race you are, or if you are gay or straight, Christian, Muslim or atheist! If you are an American and representing America you should have to stand and put your hand over your heartache! If you don’t you should not be allowed to be on the team! She is a total disgrace!

    • Robbie Sinn

      June 12, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      Agree

  2. Tom

    June 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Rapinoe, you are a disgrace in so many ways. I can’t root for you anymore. Don’t like the President or the country, just keep your mouth shut and play the game. Honor America or get off the team.

  3. Lawrence moen

    June 12, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    We can’t tell her if she can be there, or not, because she’s so good,, Well, kiss my rosey rear lady, You are on the United States Soccer Team, and you represent our Country, If you cannot do that with respect for our flag, and country, then you do NOT BELONG ON THE U.S. TEAM!!! You disagree with someone, so your going to be a jerk, and disgrace our whole Country over it! Go home lady, and pout in your corner!!!

  4. Joseph Kempski

    June 12, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Must be a gay faggot

    • Wilson

      June 12, 2019 at 11:20 pm

      Says she is openly gay.

  5. Joseph Kempski

    June 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    But you probably sucked obamas ass and dick

  6. SFC D Monk

    June 12, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Just have to love those Charlie Mikes don’t cha?

  7. Mike

    June 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Just another two-bit dumb-ass dyke. Liberals are sooooooooo fucking stupid.

  8. Loyal P Kuhn

    June 12, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    How bigoted, arrogant and disrespectful can one person be? You are on the US team, representing the US, and you have the gall to disrespect your country in front of the world. You need to find another object for your hate and you should be dismissed from the US team.

  9. Ljan

    June 12, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Your a piece of S.

  10. Frank

    June 12, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    She should be fired .Bet she’s a dyke.

  11. Linda

    June 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Then why does this Butch play on the American team? The National Anthem is played for all Americans. She doesn’t deserve to live in a free country. Iraq sounds good for this ingrate.

  12. Polly

    June 12, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    She should not be allowed to.represent America

  13. ON THE ROCK

    June 12, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    IF THE SKANK DOESN’T LIKE THE U.S., THEN GET THE HELL OUT AND DON’T COME BACK. ALSO, I’LL BET HER BREATH SMELLS LIKE BAD FISH.

  14. BWH

    June 12, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Maybe the State Department can revoke her Visa so she can’t get back into the country.

  15. Ray

    June 12, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    This piece of shit should be kicked off the team. She says God help us if we all looked like Trump. Obviously she has never looked in a mirror. She sure does think a lot of herself what a piece of trash

  16. Wilson

    June 12, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    She is not as good as she thinks, bitch forgot her team helped, arrogant twit.

    • Ed

      June 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      Typical liberal, so sure the world revolves around them and what they think.

  17. mark gassino

    June 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Such an embarrassment to the USA. I notice ALL the other athletes from even the s’hole countries stand and proudly sing their national anthems.

  18. Michael

    June 13, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Get this disgraceful piece of shit off the team! You don’t like this country then leave! Go somewhere else where you think things will be so much better you fucking worthless cunt!

  19. Tommhan

    June 13, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Leftists are full of hate.

  20. diamondjim

    June 13, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Hope the ball hits you in your c*** licking mouth.

  21. MissD

    June 13, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Friggin DYKE !!! Leave our country!

  22. lee

    June 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

    A mentally ill dipshit that thinks because she is good at a child’s game, she is something special. No lady, you are just another overpaid entertainer and not a very good one at that.

  23. Sam Lehman

    June 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    She didn’t say f— you to Trump, she said it to our country, she has no right to be in a foreign country representing the U.S.A. send her home and make her stand in the corner till she learns to respect the country that sponsors her.

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