What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe

“I don’t think there’s any perfect way to protest. I think if there was something else being done, something else would have been said about it. I can’t look back and say that I would have done this different, this different or this different. I can sleep at night knowing that I genuinely tried to have a really important conversation, or at least tried to open it up. I think I came to it with an open mind, an open heart and tried to get as many people to talk about it as I could.”

-- Megan Rapinoe, who kneeled during the national anthem before two USA's game last year. She says she will no longer kneel. (Guardian)
24 comments about "What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe".
  1. Bill Morrison, March 27, 2017 at 7:23 a.m.

    Just go away.

  2. Liane Sims, March 27, 2017 at 10:10 a.m.

    And that you did Megan. You are a hero in my book.

  3. Chance Hall, March 27, 2017 at 10:59 a.m.

    Well, here we go again. I can't believe Jill and US Soccer will allow Megan to wear the US uniform and the honor to represent this country again. Just when I thought they had finally gotten their act together. Or could it be because Megan saw what finally happened to Kaepernick? Like I've said many times, I'm a vet and fought for the right to express your opinion, BUT, don't do it just to be a publicity hound. When they call ANYONE about wearing that uniform and representing your country in any capacity, think it over. Think it through. Don't accept if it doesn't make you feel honored and proud. Don't accept just for the money and fame it will bring. Don't accept if you don't understand that there are thousands of qualified, gifted people who would give anything for that honor. And who would be proud to represent their country.

  4. :: SilverRey :: replied, March 27, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

    How about if they are doing it to bring attention to the 85 million citizens of the United States who are not treated the same as the other 75% of the nation. I believe that is an honorable cause.

    I don't think you believe that Rapinoe was doing it for the reasons you listed.

  5. David Mont replied, March 27, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.

    If she feels so strongely that her country is mistreating so many of its citizens, then she shouldn't be representing it. She could make a stand and refuse to play for the national team. I do not know if I've ever seen a player from any country, in any sport, disrespect and insult so many of their compatriots in that way.

  6. Liane Sims replied, March 27, 2017 at 1:49 p.m.

    Rapinoe represents Usa and she stood up for what most of us believe. Absolutely she should wear that uniform. Tell me this. Give me a better way for someone like her to get more awareness to her cause? I'll wait.

  7. Chance Hall, March 27, 2017 at 11:52 a.m.

    silverey. Not sure you're getting the point. There are a lot of people who believe in causes. I don't have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is people who pretend to care about a cause to gain publicity. There are also a lot of great people who actually do something for their causes every day. But they don't seek out reporters or tv cameras for fame or fortune. Look, this is simple. If you can't proudly represent your country (any country) for anything don't accept the invitation...

  8. Liane Sims replied, March 27, 2017 at 1:49 p.m.

    Sidney, give us an examole of these people you speak of please.

  9. Goal Goal, March 27, 2017 at 4:09 p.m.

    Remember what Mark Twain once said. He didn't play for anyone but certainly wise when the time presents it self.

    Noise proves nothing-often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

  10. Rob Kalal, March 28, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.

    I think a lot of you who are defending Rapinoe are missing 1 huge point - as an American Rapinoe has every right to protest during her private time. As an employee of the US Soccer Federation - Rapinoe most certainly DOES NOT have a right to protest during working hours. Disagree? Try wearing pajamas to work tomorrow and see how fast your employer makes you go home and change. US Soccer Federation sent Rapinoe and all future players a strong message - first they cut her from the roster for several games, then they came out with a policy that says going forward all players are required to stand during the national anthem. What was Rapinoe's response? Ok boss, I want to keep my job so I will follow your rules.
    Incidentally - doing something that you know is probably going to anger more people than will support you is probably not the best way to get your message across. Negative attention isn't really better than no attention.

  11. Liane Sims, March 28, 2017 at 10:35 p.m.

    Oh ok. She has every right in private! Aaaahhh. I'm sure that's what our founding fathers meant. Aaaaahhhh. Defenitely no protests in an ever important soccer game. Thx Rob. What was I thinking?

  12. Liane Sims, March 28, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.

    I have an idea Rob, how about you give us a better way of protest for someone like Rapinoe that will attract the same attention? So if most dont agree with you then you are better off not protesting? How dumb is that? So that justifies all those who stood quite while the Nazis committed their atrocities. Dumb

  13. Nick Daverese, March 29, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.

    I think doing something you don't have to do that may cost you money to do could make you a hero. Holy cow trump might be a hero. Being president has coat him and his family money he did not have to do it. If it cost me money I would not do it. So Rapinoe is like me. She does not want to lose any money either good for her.

    Money makes the world go round :)

  14. Liane Sims replied, March 29, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

    Nick you really believe that Trump will not get richer than ever before on becoming president? Really? He probably has the most conflict of interests of any president ever. Not risking tonlose money is good? That's the problem. Our standard of what is right is set by personal cost. Money is root of all evil. No doubt.

  15. Nick Daverese, March 29, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.

    kOnce you have a ridicules amount of money and your 70 yrs old. Plus you have a hot wife and you have grand children you can enjoy I think you have to be Insane to run for office. But that is just me.

    The only people who think money is the root of all evil are the ones that don't have it. You don't have to throw it in people face, but it is nice to now you can do what you want when you want to.

  16. Liane Sims replied, March 29, 2017 at 1:42 p.m.

    Yea thats just you. The very rich are greedy as normal trait and its about power. There is always an extreme to everything. Try convincing the richest 1% that what they currently have is enough. The wealth disparity between them and the rest of us is an alltime record. The only people who think that money is the root of all evil are the ones that don't have it? Lol. Dumb.

  17. Nick Daverese, March 29, 2017 at 3:09 p.m.

    How much do you think you have to make to be in that once percent? You make just over a half million a year your in that 1 percent.

  18. E Velazquez, March 29, 2017 at 11:04 p.m.

    Ellis needs to go for her inability to coach and teach soccer and for calling back to a finished disrectful player who showed an abominable behavior to our nation.this player is a risk for all the young girls who love football . If she is remorseful from what she did she should publicly apologize to the entire USA. Is she trying to play again simply because she does not have another profession to make a living? Ms Ellis and Ms Rapinoe please leave our national team

  19. Goal Goal, March 30, 2017 at 9:44 a.m.

    Liane there are many socialist countries out there and a couple communist ones. The train is leaving the station when you are ready!

  20. Liane Sims replied, March 30, 2017 at 2:51 p.m.

    I'll leave after i quit trying to make this one better but if I can make you leave thats even better.

  21. Nick Daverese, March 30, 2017 at 4:02 p.m.

    Liane' s problem she doesn't know many millionaires. If she did she would be the first to ask them for money.

  22. Goal Goal, March 30, 2017 at 5:20 p.m.

    You know Nick I do know a couple of Millionaires and don't hold a thing against them. I work every day trying to get there. In very rare cases are millionaires made without working their butts off to get there. Somewhere along the line being monetarily successful has become a stigma rather than a sign of working hard. Greed has nothing to do with it. Work ethic does.

  23. Nick Daverese, March 30, 2017 at 7:36 p.m.

    When I did not have money I was never jealous of people who did. I did make up my money to try to get their. my 47 year old son got there. He always rented houses so he could go were the work was. He was going to retire this past year. But another firm offered him a million to build up another business so he took it. My oldest daughter was very successful she own a home 60 yards from the beach in Belle Harbor. Then decided to buy another house closer to her work in NJ. She made also she is 43. My other daughter lives in Germany. She is in the pharmaceutical business. She opens branches all over the world, she made it. My youngest son 41 is not there yet. But is a BJJ black belt teaches in 4 schools in NYC. But he likes to build things he works in NYC high up on girders and he is a welder. Just got married to one of his BJJ students she is a doctor.

    I have been married over 50 years to the same women, I retired from my real job in 1996. I made it as well. I met my wife at a soccer game I was playing in, She is a retired corporate attorney she made it before me. She was with Nixon Madge rose Guthrie and Alexander. Nixon was one of our Presidents.

  24. Liane Sims, March 30, 2017 at 11:26 p.m.

    Lol. What makes you think I'm jealous or don't have money? You would be surprised, I guess. Not all opinions are of selfish nature gentlemen.

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