By now, if you haven’t heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick deciding to kneel during the national anthem, then I hope your binge-watching sessions have gone well. On the soccer front, USWNT star Megan Rapinoe followed Kaepernick by not kneeling during the national anthem in a recent Seattle Reign game, and her club supported her on Wednesday.
You know who isn’t supporting her? The Washington Spirit. Before the Spirit and Reign played on Wednesday, the Spirit’s ownership decided to play the anthem ahead of schedule so Rapinoe couldn’t take a knee during it. Seriously. The club released a statement about the decision, per Grant Wahl of SI:
“In light of Seattle Reign and U.S. Women’s National Team member Megan Rapinoe’s public declaration that she intended to ‘take a knee’ during the United States’ National Anthem tonight, we decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent.”
The club continues, saying they “respectfully disagree with her method of hijacking our organization’s event to draw attention to what is ultimately a personal — albeit worthy — cause.”
Bill Lynch, the owner of the Spirit, has lost personal friends during overseas conflicts and has other close friends who have also lost loved ones, the club said.
So on the day her club supports her, the opponent goes way out of its way to not. Will other clubs follow suit?
Source: CBS Sports / Team plays national anthem early to stop USWNT’s Rapinoe from kneeling protest