Sport NWSL players kneel for national anthem, wear Black Lives Matter shirts
Women's soccer league players and officials kneel during anthem
A majority of National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) players knelt on one knee during the National Anthem in the opening weekend of its tournament. © Rick Bowmer/AP Players across the National Women's Soccer League knelt during the National Anthem before games for the league's Challenge Cup tournament. NWSL's Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage were the first to kneel, right before playing in the Challenge Cup tournament opener at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. Both teams kneeled during the National Anthem while wearing shirts that said Black Lives Matter.
NWSL players took a knee for the national anthem and wore shirts to support the Black Lives Matter movement as the top-flight of women’s soccer in North America returned on Saturday in Utah.
The NWSL Challenge Cup kicked off amid plenty of focus as the first major sports league in the USA to resume play during the coronavirus pandemic.
All 22 players took a knee for the national anthem before kick, as players all wore shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
Check out video of the scenes in Utah below, as several USWNT stars were in action during the first game of the month-long tournament between the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns.
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The tournament was supposed to feature all nine NWSL teams but the Orlando Pride pulled out of the competition after.
This NWSL anthem kneel will grab plenty of headlines as the players took a stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and united as one.
Once again the NWSL and the USWNT lead the way in the fight against racism and inequality.
Manyplayers kneeled during the national anthem ahead of the opener.
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In 2017 Bengals owner Mike Brown 'begged' players not to kneel, players feared repercussions .
Seeing NFL players, coaches, teams and even the league itself support the idea of kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to racial injustice in 2020 is uplifting and also surprising, given what happened in 2016 and 2017. A story by Elise Jesse of WLWT, an NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, sheds light on the conflicts players had when deciding to kneel then. In 2017, players were angry after Trump memorably said NFL owners should say to anyone who kneels, “Get that son of a bitch off the field.” Members of the Cincinnati Bengals wanted to take a knee at a game two days after Trump’s comment.