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U.S. soccer player Rapinoe joins protest, kneels during national anthem

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CHICAGO — U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign’s 2-2 tie with the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League.

“It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going,” Rapinoe tweeted about her actions in protest of racial injustice and minority oppression.

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, kicks the ball past Sweden's Lisa Dahlkvist during a quarterfinal match of the women's Olympic soccer tournament in Brasilia. Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday, Sept. 4, before the Seattle Reign's game against the Chicago Red Stars "in a little nod" to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, United States’ Megan Rapinoe, right, kicks the ball past Sweden’s Lisa Dahlkvist during a quarterfinal match of the women’s Olympic soccer tournament in Brasilia. Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday, Sept. 4, before the Seattle Reign’s game against the Chicago Red Stars “in a little nod” to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Rapinoe’s protest follows similar high-profile actions by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The football player’s refusal to stand for the anthem first came to public notice when he remained seated on the bench before a preseason game against Green Bay. On Thursday night in San Diego, Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneeled during the anthem before a game against the Chargers.

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The 31-year-old Rapinoe helped the U.S. win the World Cup last year and played in the Rio Olympics.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. By kneeling she’s showing even more respect for the flag than standing does. I say thank her, and move on. Time to stop giving these “protestors” media attention.

  2. I agree that it’s time to stop giving these “protestors” media attention but we all know that with the liberal media that will never happen. I do though, disagree that it’s more respectful than standing.

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