Is an honor to represent the USA and all that we stand for to be able to pull on the red, white and blue to play a game that I love, Rapinoe said in a statement. Will respect the new bylaw the leadership at USSF has put forward. That said, I believe we should always value the use of our voice and platform to fight for equality of every kind.
Iconic musician Stevie Wonder took both knees at a New York music festival, seemingly showing solidarity with NFL players criticized by President Donald Trump hours earlier.”Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America; but not just one knee, I’m taking both knees,” he said on stage Saturday before his performance at the Global Citizens Festival.”Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen .”During the event, Wonder also spoke about interrupting hate, bigotry and condemning sexism.Trump’s commentsTrump criticized some in the NFL on Friday night at a rally in Alabama, saying team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the national anthem.His remarks appeared to refer to Colin Kaepernick, formerly with the San Francisco 49ers, but currently without a team, who last year drew national attention for refusing to stand during “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to kickoff.”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said last year.Trump is responding a year later, saying if fans would “leave the stadium” when players kneel in protest during the national anthem, “I guarantee, things will stop.”Trump said NFL owners should respond to the players by saying, “Get that son of a bh off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”The comments have come under harsh criticism from the NFL and some of the NBA’s top players, putting the President in the center of a controversy.Addressing the crowd before he performed, Wonder urged attendees to denounce bigotry and racism.”Our global brothers and sisters, I didn’t come here to preach, but I’m telling you, our spirit must be in the right place.
“In the two years that I was here I had a very, very difficult time thinking that I could impact the organization in the way that I wanted to or in the way that I am able to in college. And it was very difficult for me. Because there is a lot of parity in the NFL.
A little deflating and that why I didn (speak to the) media for a couple of days because I wanted to regroup and I feeling better about where I headed. You would think fingers are more susceptible after the first time and they not. I just had really, really tough luck.