U.S. Women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe is vowing to continue her national anthem protests saying that it’s a “good ‘F you'” to the Trump administration in an interview with Yahoo Sports.
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has vowed to continue her national anthem protests while representing the US in next month’s Women’s World Cup — calling it a “good ‘F you’” to the Trump administration.
“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”
Rapinoe created a furor when she knelt during the national anthem following former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who roiled the NFL with his anthem protest in 2016.
“Colin Kaepernick very much inspired me, and inspired an entire nation, and still does, to actually think about these things,” she told Yahoo.
Rapinoe’s protest shocked her self-described very patriotic family, but she is undeterred.
“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” the U.S. Women’s national co-captain told Yahoo Sports. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”