In a statement that echoed the recent controversial move by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, lesbian soccer player Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before her team, the Seattle Reign, played the Chicago Red Stars on Sept. 4.
After the game, Rapinoe told John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now that her action was "a nod to Kaepernick."
"I am disgusted with the way he has been treated and the fans and hatred he has received in all of this," Rapinoe told espnW's Julie Foudy. And quite honestly, being gay, I have stood with my hand over my heart during the national anthem and felt like I haven't had my liberties protected, so I can absolutely sympathize with that feeling."
Rapinoe said she will kneel in each match going forward.