Megan Rapinoe has become one of the main focuses of attention of the France Women's World Cup 2019, not only for its performances inside the game box but also for its firm opposition to Donald Trump and his decision to remain impassive when the American anthem sounds as a form of protest for police brutality and racism. «I will not go to the fucking White House. No, I'm not going to the White House. We are not going to be invited, I doubt it, "said the author of the two penalty goals that came to Spain from the World Cup in a video interview published by the American magazine 'Eight by Eight'.
At 33, the Seattle Reign midfielder does not bite her tongue despite Donald Trump attacks, who considered "inappropriate" that the Californian did not sing with her companions the anthem of the bars and stars during the round of 16 match in which the Americans signed the pass thanks to two maximum penalties converted by Rapinoe and this Wednesday He returned to the charge. "Female soccer player Megan Rapinoe has just said that 'she will not go to the … White House' if they win. Apart from the NBA, (…) all the leagues and teams love to come. I'm a big fan of the American team and women's football, but Megan should WIN before SPEAKING! Finish the job! ", He tweeted. "Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House or our flag, especially because a lot has been done for her and for the team. Feel proud of the flag you are wearing, "he wrote in another note.
The footballer of the 'US Team' followed the steps of Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 46ers that in 2016 provoked Trump's anger kneel down while the American anthem sounded before the games of the Californian franchise in the NFL to show their rejection by the cases of police brutality against African-Americans.
…. invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
A position imitated by other football players and also extended to other sports that was expensive to who once was one of the great promises of the NFL when the president claimed the owners not to hire him. Kaepernick, who became a free agent at the end of that season, did not return to play a game in the NFL, with the owners afraid of the repercussions that could lead them to sign who had become declared enemy of Trump despite the fact that in his better days managed to take the 49ers to play Super Bowl XLVII. «Throw those sons of bitches out of the field right now»the New York businessman had exhorted them.
"I have not experienced police brutality, or racism, or anything like seeing the body of a dead family member in the street. But I can not remain as if nothing when there are people in this country who have to deal with this kind of thing. There is no perfect way to protest. I know that nothing I do will alleviate the pain of those families, but I feel that kneeling during the national anthem is the correct way to proceed and I will do anything to be part of the solution, "Megan Rapinoe wrote in" The Players Tribune "when she became one of the first athletes to join Kaepernick's protest movement.
The American Football Federation (USSF) hastened to prevent women's soccer from happening the same as it had in the NFL and established a rule that required footballers to stand respectfully while the American anthem played. of the parties. Rapinoe respected the letter of the regulations but He refused to sing and put his hand on his chest while the stanzas of 'The Star-Spanglend Banner' were performed.
The presence of Trump in the White House has shaken all strata of American society. The sport has not been left out of the deep division raised by the tenant of the Oval Office. The traditional receptions in the presidential mansion to the champions of the main competitions in the United States, once an honor, have become in recent years the object of controversy.
This is what happened when the Republican withdrew the invitation to the Golden State Warriors after the San Francisco Bay team wore the NBA ring in 2018. "We do not agree with the things he said and those he has not said. By not going (to the White House), we hope that it will inspire some change related to what we tolerate in this country and what is acceptable, "he had said. Stephen Curry, who also did not visit the White House the year before with his team. The same happened when the Philadelphia Eagles They beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. "They do not agree with the president because he insists that they should be proud to stand during the national anthem, hand in the chest, to honor the great men and women of our military corps and the people of our country." , indicated the White House.
Other athletes, on the other hand, did attend the meeting with the president, arguing their respect for the institution of the Presidency, as he did Tiger Woods when he was awarded the Medal of Freedom this year.
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