The New York Daily News reports:
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe pulled a “Kaepernick” Sunday, kneeling during the National Anthem in an echoing nod to the San Francisco quarterback’s controversial protest. Rapinoe took a knee as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played before her Seattle Reign’s game against the Chicago Red Stars in Chicago in what she called “a little nod” to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“It was very intentional,” the midfielder said after Seattle’s 2-2 tie in the National Women’s Soccer League game. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.”
Rapinoe spoke to American Soccer Now:
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) September 5, 2016
It's the least I can do. Keep the conversation going. https://t.co/qwfHcqgV6J
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 5, 2016