Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, said in an interview with Eight By Eight Magazine on Tuesday that she would not attend the ‘f***ng White House’ even if her squad wins the World Cup.
Moreover, the co-captain seriously doubted whether the Trump administration would honor her record-breaking team with an official invitation if they bring the trophy home.
Talking to The Hill on Monday, President Trump criticized Rapinoe for not singing the national anthem alongside her squad during pregame ceremonies at the World Cup. Rapinoe, who is gay and an activist for equal pay and treatment of women, said she referred to herself as ‘a walking protest.’
Earlier in June, Rapinoe accused the President’s Administration of not inviting at the White House sports teams that might decline. She referred to NBA’s Golden State Warriors who avoided visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Donald Trump took office.
Back then President Trump fired back saying that the squad had not been invited to visit The White House. It was not the first time when elite U.S athletes refuse to pay a visit to the President.
Donald Trump had to cancel a visit by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles to celebrate their February 2018 Super Bowl win as most of the team players announced they would skip it.
A native of Redding, California, the 34-year-old Rapinoe is one of the pioneering women’s national team’s co-leaders to raise awareness about social justice issues.
Back in 2016, she was one of the first white professional athletes to support Colin Kaepernick, the American football quarterback, when the press reported on his kneeling during the national anthem. She followed his example and also kneeled a month later.
Rapinoe went further criticizing the media on the way it reported the kneeling, saying that our country needs an open, two-sided conversation about racial issues.
Furthermore, Rapinoe is one of the 28 players bringing to court the U.S. Soccer Federation demanding equal pay. In May this year, the outspoken co-captain also accused the U.S. soccer’s leadership of not doing enough to secure better treatment of female athletes.
The U.S. women’s team won the 2015 and 1999 World Cups, while the men have never brought home a World Cup title. Our squad made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a win over Spain on Monday afternoon. They will play against France on Friday.
What do you think? Do you support or oppose the Rapinoe’s decision not to sing the national anthem as a form of a protest?