Hope Solo claimed that Megan Rapinoe would “almost bully” members of the US Women’s National Team to kneel down to participate in her protest against racial injustice.
Solo, speaking on GOAL’s podcast “All America: American Women’s Football Show”, Said Rapino tried to get other players on the team to kneel, “because she really wants to stand up in her special way to stand up for something.” Solo was suspended by USWNT in August 2016, and Rapinoe didn’t start kneeling until September 2016 In solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first started kneeling to protest racial injustice and police brutality after the Solo suspension in August 2016. Solo did not return to the team.
Solow said in the podcast: “As Americans, we have the right to do this in any way we like. I think it’s really difficult to stand on the main stage now because athletes face so many political issues.” “It’s very stressful, and finally at the end of the day, our first priority should and has been to win first.”
Several members of Rapinoe and USWNT have spoken out on several topics in the past few years, from sports co-workers to racial inequality and LGBTQ+ rights.The protests made the team Sometimes controversialAs early as 2016, Rapino was the first player on the team — and the only one at the time — to kneel down, and shortly thereafter, American football required players to stand for the national anthem. Rapinoe’s teammate Crystal Dunn says She is afraid of losing her place on the roster If she knelt down and said that her decision to protest against Rapinoe was “full of joy.”
The policy that requires players to stand is Originally scheduled to be abolished in June 2020 And is Officially rejected in February 2022, CNN reported. New York Post Report No players were negatively affected by their decision not to kneel during the national anthem, adding that the team had been standing up for the national anthem since February.
Solo has not been a member of USWNT since 2016.After losing to Sweden in the quarter-finals of the Rio Olympics in 2016, Solo called the Swedish national team “A bunch of cowards” Because of the defensive style, the US team has been procrastinating before the penalty shootout. She was also previously accused of assaulting two family members in 2014. Although the allegations were eventually dismissed. She was also Suspended by USWNT in 2015 After she borrowed a team van and was arrested for drunk driving.
This is the latest incident in which Solo criticized Rapinoe. As early as 2022, Solo told beIN Sports Rapinoe and other USWNT leaders signed a collective bargaining agreement, which is a step back from the team’s progress in getting equal pay as the men’s team.