Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem as nod to Colin Kaepernick
U.S. women's national team player Megan Rapinoe knelt during the playing of the national anthem of the Seattle Reign FC's Sunday night game against the Chicago Red Stars.
Rapinoe said it was an intentional move and “a nod to Kaepernick,” according to John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now. She later tweeted that the action was the “least I can do.”
ESPN's Julie Foudy spoke with Rapinoe about the decision to kneel and shared the following on Twitter. Rapinoe told Foudy that she intends to continue kneeling during the anthem at games going forward.
Rapinoe to me on taking a knee for anthem: I'm disgusted w way Colin has been treated & the fans & hatred he has received in all of this.— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) September 5, 2016
Rapinoe: It is overtly racist. Stay in ur place black man. Just didn’t feel right to me. And quite honestly being gay, I have stood with...— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) September 5, 2016
Rapinoe: my hand over my heart during the national anthem & felt like I haven’t had my liberties protected, so I can absolutely sympathize..— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) September 5, 2016
Rapinoe: with that feeling. The very least that I can do is continue the conversation with him by kneeling for the anthem.— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) September 5, 2016
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided not to stand for the national anthem during the preseason in protest of racial inequalities and injustices taking place in America, including police-related violence. He was joined by teammate Eric Reid in the movement as both took a knee as the anthem played in Thursday's preseason game.
Kaepernick started the last preseason game for the 49ers and was booed by fans as he took the field.