While Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit – and then kneel – during the national anthem has drawn plenty of criticism, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has found yet another athletic ally in his high-profile protest.
At Sunday’s National Women’s Soccer League match between the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC, U.S. Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the national anthem.
After the match, Rapinoe discussed her decision with John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now.
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” Rapinoe told Halloran. “It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it.”
Rapinoe also took to Twitter after the match to address her protest.
It's the least I can do. Keep the conversation going. https://t.co/qwfHcqgV6J— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 5, 2016
Rapinoe and her Seattle teammates will play their next NWSL match in the D.C. area when they visit the first-place Washington Spirit on Wednesday night.