If you’ve been keeping up with the whole Colin Kaepernick debacle, then you know the new “hip” way professional athletes are pretending to be social justice warriors is by sitting down during our National Anthem.While many folks across the wide world of sports have been joining Kaepernick in his “crusade” for equality, there are a few athletic organizations that simply aren’t having it.
A Washington area soccer team recently intervened to prevent a player from being able to kneel during the National Anthem by changing the pre-game ceremony so the song was played before teams took the field.
According to The Hill, Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem in a game last week in a nod to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been sitting out the song to protest police brutality.
But Rapinoe was prevented from repeating the gesture Wednesday when the home team Washington Spirit played the anthem while the teams were off the field at the Maryland SoccerPlex.“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Spirit said in a statement, according to the AP.
“We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step, but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise.”
Rapinoe was downright stunned by the team’s actions. Watch her response:
She appears to be taken aback by how “disrespectful” it was for her team to prevent her another chance to disrespect the flag and our National Anthem.Aside from this sort of behavior being super disrespectful, it’s also incredibly childish.
Rapinoe and others in the realm of professional sports are like little kids playing a game of shadow, copying the “cool kid” in the neighborhood, hoping some of the attention he gets for his antics will rub off on them.
If the cause of equality was so important to them, why aren’t they doing something truly meaningful about it?
Perhaps if these so-called sports heroes have an issue with their home country, they should scout out new places around the world to live.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]