Megan Rapinoe of Seattle Reign FC again knelt during the national anthem before a U.S. women’s team match against the Netherlands on Sunday night in Atlanta. The Americans won 3-1.
Rapinoe again kneels for anthem
Megan Rapinoe of Seattle Reign FC again knelt during the national anthem before a U.S. women’s team match against the Netherlands on Sunday night in Atlanta.
The Americans won 3-1.
Rapinoe has been kneeling in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has not stood during the anthem since the NFL exhibition season to draw attention to racial inequality.
Rapinoe did not start in Sunday’s match at the Georgia Dome, but entered as a substitute in the 64th minute.
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Rapinoe also knelt before the U.S. team’s match against Thailand in Ohio on Thursday and before a Reign match Sept. 4.
“Do I kneel forever? I don’t know, probably not,” Rapinoe was quoted as saying on ESPN.com. “But I think until I can feel like I’m being more effective in other ways, then this seems appropriate to me.”
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