Women’s Soccer Star Protests US, Refuses to Sing National Anthem


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U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe did not join her teammates in singing the national anthem before the team’s opening match against Thailand in the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.

According to multiple news reports, Rapinoe stood on silently as other members of the women’s national soccer team sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to kick-off. 

The act comes several years after Rapinoe became the first white player to kneel during the national anthem after former San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 began the protest to bring attention to police brutality and racial inequality.

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Since then, the soccer player has refused to join her teammates in singing the anthem, including at another match-up her team recently played in Reims, France, according to Fox News

When discussing her decision to protest the national anthem in an  interview in May, Rapinoe called herself a “walking protest” to Trump’s policies and said she views her decision to kneel during the anthem as a “F you” to his administration.

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