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Sport After backlash for not kneeling with teammates, NWSL player explains why she didn't join racial justice protest

07:25  01 july  2020
07:25  01 july  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Women's soccer league players and officials kneel during anthem

  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.

National Women's Soccer League players with the Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage Rapinoe was criticized when she knelt at an NWSL game and a pair of U.S. national team games in Mewis said the teams will continue to call attention to racial injustice throughout the Challenge Cup.

Many @ NWSL players kneeled during the national anthem ahead of the #2020ChallengeCup opener Almost every single player knelt during the anthem in solidarity. Those kneeling during the The NWSL responded to the comments via Twitter: If this is your takeaway from the organized

The return of the National Women’s Soccer League brought a tidal wave of player protests against racial injustice last weekend, with an overwhelming majority of players kneeling during the national anthem.

One of the most powerful images came when Chicago Red Stars players Casey Short and Julie Ertz knelt together, with Ertz holding Short in an emotional embrace. Photos of the moment documented another member of the Red Stars putting her hand on Short, but notably declining to kneel with the rest of her entire team.

That player, forward Rachel Hill, took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain her decision, which she said “did not come easily or without profound thought.”

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Ex-U.S. soccer player and current Fox analyst Alexi Lalas tweeted Saturday that it took courage to actually stand for the anthem, earning backlash . On Saturday, the NWSL made its return to the field with the backdrop of the pandemic and the nationwide protests against systemic racism and police

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In a lengthy statement, Hill said she supported the message of the protests, but cited the military members of her family as why she chose to not kneel. She also mentioned having “genuine” conversations with Short and Ertz before and after the game.

The cruz of Hill’s explanation:

I chose to stand because of what the flag inherently means to my military family members and me, but I 100% percent support my peers. Symbolically, I tried to show this with the placement of my hand on Casey’s shoulder and bowing my head. I struggled, but felt that these actions showed my truth, and in the end I wanted to remain true to myself.

If this wasn’t clear, let my words and further actions be. I support the black lives matter movement wholeheartedly. I also support and will do my part in fighting against the current inequality. As a white athlete, it is way past due for me to be diligently anti-racist.

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Athletes can still protest racial oppression. Whether the anthem is played or not, Short The NWSL ’s spokespeople did not respond to an email Sunday from Yahoo asking why the Short is more than just a Black woman. She is a darn good soccer player who deserves a spot on the U.S. national team .

NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts also suggested the players would address a kneeling situation with the league Abdul-Rauf was a devout Muslim and his religion was a major reason why he chose to originally begin his silent protest , so he complied with Stern’s request.

The military justification echoes what got New Orleans Saints Drew Brees in trouble with a number of his teammates, but Hill notably says she 100 percent supports her teammates’ protest and message. It’s also worth mentioning that the act of protesting injustice by kneeling during the national anthem originated when a former Green Beret advised Colin Kaepernick that kneeling would be more respectful to the military than sitting.

Hill has also received some support from Short, who released a statement with Ertz on Tuesday in which she called her conversations with Hill authentic:

I, Casey, can only speak for myself but the conversations I have had with players, specifically Rachel, have been unapologetically authentic. I have to ask where my hope lies. It lies in my faith and those types of conversations that have been long overdue. The types of conversations that are raw and uncomfortable, that can lead to real impactful change.

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After President Donald Trump attacked NFL players protesting during the national anthem on Friday and Lane became the first non- teammate to join Kaepernick in protest . He sat on the bench prior to the national Before the NWSL match between the Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Stars, Rapinoe

Trump’s exhortations came after a night of escalating violence, with images of chaos overshadowing largely peaceful protests . The disturbances grew so heated Friday night that the Secret Service rushed the president to an underground White House bunker previously used during terrorist attacks.

Clearly, none of this was easy for anyone involved.

Kealia Ohai et al. playing football on a field: Casey Short, Julie Ertz and most of their teammates knelt during the anthem. One did not. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Casey Short, Julie Ertz and most of their teammates knelt during the anthem. One did not. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The NWSL has since altered its national anthem policy, allowing players to remain in the locker room while the song is played for an empty stadium. Major League Soccer, the top men’s league in the United States, has said it will take a different route by simply not playing the anthem, citing the lack of fans in stands.

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U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe praised Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protests in 2016 during the national anthem before NFL games, saying his message then is especially relevant in 2020.    © Provided by Washington Examiner “Colin Kaepernick never shied away," Rapinoe said Sunday during the ESPYs, an annual sports award show. "He knew that discomfort was essential to liberation and that fighting the oppression against black people is bigger than sports.

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