NFL players are no longer the only professional athletes to silently protest during the national anthem.
On Sunday night, women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe followed the example of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before her Seattle Reign played the Chicago Red Stars in an NWSL game.
After the game, a 2-2 draw, Rapinoe told John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now that her action was “a nod to Kaepernick.”
“I am disgusted with the way he has been treated and the fans and hatred he has received in all of this,” Rapinoe told espnW’s Julie Foudy. “It is overtly racist. ‘Stay in your place, black man.’ Just didn’t feel right to me. We need a more substantive conversation around race relations and the way people of color are treated.”