Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem in Chicago on Sunday.

By SI Wire
September 04, 2016

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.

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.

Support for Colin Kaepernick and his message flourishes

Kaepernick started the last preseason game for the 49ers and was booed by fans as he took the field.

 

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