In her final game with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Megan Rapinoe failed to place her hand over her heart or sing the national anthem during its performance.
While she at least had the decency to stand during the anthem for the match against South Africa in Chicago, she refrained once again from showing any type of bare-minimum respect to the country which has afforded her so many opportunities, as noted by the Daily Mail.
This final act of disrespect to her fellow countrymen, while this time at least not taking a knee as she has typically been known for, reminds us all that instead of wanting to be remembered as a skilled and talented athlete, Rapinoe’s “activism” has always been about her putting her ego before her team and the nation they represent on a global stage.
Rapinoe has since 2019 not fully participated in the singing of the national anthem, saying that it would endorse a nation which she claims to be ashamed of.
“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” she remarked at the time. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”
She made it about Trump, racism, alleged-discrimination against transgender athletes, and every other possible grievance you can imagine while becoming rich and famous off the fans of a country she supposedly hates so much.
“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” Rapinoe had said. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”
For nearly four years, Rapinoe took a knee during the national anthem in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Rapinoe expressed that significant changes, including criminal justice reform, reducing income inequality, and progress in LGBTQ rights would be required for her to halt her demonstrations.
It appears that despite living in one of the most tolerant countries in the world, it’s still not enough. If she’s not remembered for being ungrateful, she’ll probably be remembered for one of the most embarrassing World Cup eliminations in the history of the sport.
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