September 8, 2016

IT'S NOT LIKE SHE SAID THE SWEDES WERE COWARDLY...:

Megan Rapinoe will play for national team but won't stand for the U.S. (Harry How, 9/08/16, Goal)

 U.S. Soccer had our attention, though, when the 21 players chosen for games against Thailand and the Netherlands were announced.

Megan Rapinoe is on the roster. That's no surprise. But it is a big deal.

Because Rapinoe recently has chosen to join the protest begun by the NFL's Colin Kaepernick by refusing to stand as the Star-Spangled Banner is played before games. She knelt during the national anthem when the Seattle Reign played a road game Sunday in Chicago. She planned to do it again Wednesday, but the owner of the Washington Spirit preempted the protest by having the anthem played before the teams entered the field.

Rapinoe told Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl her intent is to kneel again during the anthem Sept. 15 when the U.S. plays Thailand in Columbus. If she follows through on that promise, it would be quite the hypocritical stance.

The game at MAPFRE Stadium will not just be played in the United States. It will be played for the United States. The uniform will include a crest designed to approximate the American flag. The letters U-S-A are emblazoned in deep blue on that logo, with a series of red and white stripes underneath.

It would be easier to take her seriously if she chose not to be a symbol of our oppressive regime. But playing for the national team is how she cashes in. #Priorities 

Posted by at September 8, 2016 7:01 PM

  

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