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Soccer’s Version of Colin Kaepernick Says She’ll Never Sing the National Anthem Again

In a statement nobody was clamoring for, U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she will “probably never sing the national anthem again.”

Rapinoe had joined NFL anti-patriot Colin Kaepernick in his protests of the anthem back in 2016, becoming the first white athlete to kneel in disrespect to our military and veterans. She claimed at the time her protest was “a little nod” to the unemployed quarterback.

As the women’s team preps to defend their World Cup title in France next month, Rapinoe conducted a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo Sports, recalling the backlash she received for her actions.

“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly,” she said. “I think the NFL does it.”

Blanketed patriotism. No, Ms. Rapinoe, it’s called taking one minute to honor the greatest nation on the planet. It’s called taking three hours to do your job and play the sport you excel at, without making it a political circus. Then – then – you get to protest whatever grievances you think you have.

“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” Rapinoe defiantly crowed. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”

Boo hoo.

Not Happy With U.S. Soccer

Rapinoe reveals that she’s very dismayed with the reaction U.S. Soccer had to her little protest. By all measures, her attempts at kneeling were an utter failure.

First, opposing teams changed up their pre-game routine and prevented the soccer star from engaging in her protest.

“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 Washington Spirit said in a statement at the time.

Second, the US Soccer Federation declared that no one playing on a national team would be able to disrespect the anthem any longer.

Because of that, Rapinoe is bitter. She expected support from the team, and instead they pointed out why her actions are juvenile and unprofessional.

“I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me, that was the same as what the NFL was doing – just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I’m doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense for everyone,” Rapinoe said.

It’s unclear why she believes a move designed to draw attention to herself only, meant U.S. Soccer had to clear their new rules with her. They do what’s best for the team, they don’t coddle singular attention whores.

Now she’s so distraught she’ll never sing the anthem again, but she’s certainly willing to play a sad song on the world’s smallest violin.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Here we have a radical leftist who thought the holocaust was just smoke and mirrors! Such a pathetic person!

  • You are an expert putting words in the mouths of bloggers. He did not infer that our country should be like N. Korea.

  • I think that any player on any American team if they refuse to stand for this Great Country and its flag should not be allowed to play in that sport no matter how good they are. It is disgusting that with all the freedom's we have in this country and all the lives that were sacrificed to secure those freedom's that certain individuals would have the total disrespect for this country,our flag, and it's customs. Well maybe they should be deported ASAP, to a country that has little or no freedoms, maybe they can make a change in that country. I think not.

  • US Soccer made a new rule without talking to her. How pathetic she is. The only thing that she should get is directions to the unemployment line.
    She doesn't like being an American, then ask her to give up her passport, and all the rest of the freedoms that the military fought for, and many died for. She can be replaced.

  • Is Megan Rapinoe another gay activist ? She should get out of America, pronto ! She's not wanted here any longer !

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