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Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick

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Across the past week or so, most of the talk in the National Football League has been about one man, Colin Kaepernick.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has hit the headlines after he revealed that he was kneeling down when the national anthem was being played before games as a sort of silent protest against the treatment of African Americans in the United States.

Slowly but surely, a couple more NFL players have joined Kaepernick in kneeling, including Eric Reid and Jeremy Lane, who also refused to stand. It seems like Kaep's protest is catching on - with a star in a completely different sport now standing - or rather, kneeling - with him in solidarity.


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Before the Seattle Reign's 2-2 draw against the Chicago Red Stars in NWSL action on Sunday night, Megan Rapinoe took to one knee during the national anthem in a nod to Colin Kaepernick.

The United States women's national team player, one of the best women's soccer players in the world, confirmed after the game that she agreed with Kaep's motives.

“It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now," she stated.

"I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way [Kaepernick] was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t."

Rapinoe - who is an out gay sports star - went on to add that she knows the struggles of being a minority in modern day America. 

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. 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."

"It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

Rapinoe has made 115 appearances for the USWNT and once celebrated a goal by grabbing a microphone and singing 'Born in the USA'. No one can accuse her of being un-American at all, like they do with Kaepernick.


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