Former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo said in a podcast interview that she had observed star striker Megan Rapino “almost bullying” her teammates to kneel while playing the national anthem before the game. pay attention to.
This is what Solo said in his speech Podcast interview with Goal.com In its “All of Us” program:
“I’ve seen Megan Rapinoe almost bully a player to kneel because she really wants to stand up for something in her special way. But as Americans, we have the right to do whatever we like The way to do this, I think it’s really difficult to face so many athletes’ political issues on the main stage now. It’s under a lot of pressure, and finally at the end of the day, our first priority should and always be to win first.”
Many of Rapino’s far-right critics caught this “bullying” statement on Monday, which was also reprinted by mainstream media. Newsweek and other mediaSolo spoke with a very authoritative tone when talking about Rapino’s concept of “almost bullying,” and claimed to be an eyewitness to this behavior.
All of this begs the question: So when and how did Solow observe Rapino “almost bullying” her teammates kneeling for the national anthem?
On August 24, 2016, after the US team lost to Sweden in the Rio Olympics quarter-finals, goalkeeper Hope Solo publicly described the winning team as “a group of cowards”, and she was subsequently suspended for 6 games. She was fired by the American football team for several months and terminated her contract with the women’s national team.
Three days later, the Seattle Domination team announced that Solo had chosen to take a vacation from the NWSL team. She has never played another game for Reign or USWNT.
Therefore, when Reign prepares for the league game against the Chicago Red Stars on September 4, and Seattle forward Megan Rapinoe chose to kneel during the national anthem to support quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest, it was Haley Kopmeyer who played for Reign instead of Solo.
Less than two weeks later, before the USWNT exhibition game in Columbus on September 15, when Rapinoe protested again, it was Ashlyn Harris, not Solo, who scored the goal. Six months later, American Football introduced a policy announcing that its athletes should “stand respectfully” during the pre-match national anthem ceremony.
Rapinoe and Solo had been teammates for a long time, but they were gone after Kaepernick started protesting at the Stars and Stripes ceremony. It certainly won’t be until 2021, because American football cancelled this policy and several players bowed their knees before several exhibitions in January.
Therefore, once the protest becomes a problem, Solo seems to be in a better position than anyone who has never participated or no longer participated in the team.