I think this was brilliant! The Washington Spirit pulled a fast one on Megan Rapinoe, the Lesbian Seattle midfielder who knelt in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick for Black Lives Matter. They simply moved the National Anthem up and played it while the teams were off the field. Rapinoe called it “f***ing unbelievable”… I call it patriotism. That coach deserves a standing ovation for doing this.
“To willingly allow anyone to hijack this tradition that means so much to millions of Americans and so many of our own fans for any cause would effectively be just as disrespectful as doing it ourselves,” the Spirit said in the statement. I agree and I think it was the perfect solution to the disrespect of these Black Lives Matter idiots.
BOYDS, Md. (TheBlaze/AP) — The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than “subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent.”
The National Women’s Soccer League team moved up the anthem, playing it 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. “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.”
On Sunday before the Reign’s match in Chicago, Rapinoe knelt during the anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick — the San Francisco quarterback who has refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial injustice and minority oppression. She said at the time she planned to continue to kneel.
“To willingly allow anyone to hijack this tradition that means so much to millions of Americans and so many of our own fans for any cause would effectively be just as disrespectful as doing it ourselves,” the Spirit said in the statement.
Rapinoe is saying this has to do with her being gay. She also takes exception with them saying she ‘hijacked’ the event four days before the 15th anniversary of 9-11. Too freaking bad. What a whiner… this had nothing to do with her ‘gayness’ – it has to do with her hating America, the military and police officers. Earlier Wednesday, the Reign said they were standing by Rapinoe. In a statement, the team said it recognizes Rapinoe’s action “was offensive to some and a source of inspiration to others.” What an understatement.
The Spirit said team owner Bill Lynch is a veteran who has lost friends in overseas conflicts, as had his close friends. “The tradition of honoring our military and our patriotism before our games is very important to us,” the statement said. “We strongly feel that there are better ways to begin a conversation about a cause than tarnishing a tradition that is so important to so many.”
I think The Washington Spirit acted appropriately and wisely here. Politics should not be on that field… that’s not what they are there for and to insult our nation, the military, police and Americans in general should just not be tolerated.