Megan Rapinoe said what she meant and meant what she said.
One day after President Donald Trump scolded the United States Women's National Team midfielder for saying she wouldn't go "to the f----ing White House," Rapinoe stood strong in her stance.
"I stand by the comments I made about not going to the White House, with the exception of the expletive. My mom will be very upset about that," Rapinoe said Thursday. "But I think with a lot of passion, considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform that we have, and using it for good and for leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world.
"I don't think that I would want to go [to the White House], and I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn't feel the same way and that doesn't fight for the same things that we fight for."
Visiting President Trump's White House has become a hot-button issue for a number of sports teams, but Rapinoe isn't concerned about her comments ruffling feathers in the locker room.
"No, I'm not worried about destabilizing the dressing room," Rapinoe said. "I think we have an incredibly strong dressing room. We're very open with each other. Obviously, everyone knows who I am. I didn't make the comments at a press conference here. They were made months ago and just kind of resurfacing. I think if anything it just fires everybody up a little bit more."
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Rapinoe and the USWNT now must turn their attention to a quarterfinal showdown with host nation France on Friday. The Americans barely squeaked past Spain in the Round of 16, but Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Co. will need to bring their A-game if they are to get by France and continue their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup title quest.
Liverpool (25-1-0; 76 points) are really good. West Ham United (6-6-14; 24 points) are not.
More goals (61) of goal-difference separate these teams in the table than points (52) entering Monday's match at Anfield. The 18th-place Hammers are just trying to avoid relegation, while the first-place Reds are marching unopposed to history.
Can an old foe have a say Monday? Former Everton manager David Moyes plies his trade at West Ham now, and he has earned a result in 14 of the 32 matches he has managed against Liverpool. He'd endear himself to the blue part of Merseyside if he can spoil Liverpool's perfect season and kick-start West Ham's relegation fight in the process.
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Here's how to watch Monday's Liverpool-West Ham match live online and on TV.
When: Monday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Live stream: NBC Sports
If Arsenal (7-13-6; 34 points) or Everton (10-6-10; 36 points) are going to take advantage of Manchester City's looming UEFA Champions League ban, they'll have to start Sunday.
The Gunners and Toffees square off at the Emirates then, and new managers Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti are unbeaten in their last five matches. They're six and four points back, respectively, of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur thanks to Spurs' loss to Chelsea on Saturday, and the 11 remaining matches after Sunday represent more than enough time to make up that ground.
Fifth place, should City remain banned, will be enough to qualify for Europe's top competition next season. Sunday's game in North London could be a defining result in that race.
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Here's how to watch Sunday's Arsenal-Everton match online and on TV.
When: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT
Live Stream: NBC Sports