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Sport Megan Rapinoe sent a message of support to an Alabama soccer player who received hateful comments after kneeling during the national anthem

19:30  21 september  2020
19:30  21 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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an Alabama soccer player who received hateful comments after kneeling during the national USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe expressed her support for Morgan and her teammates, writing US Women’s National Team superstar and 2019 Ballon d’Or winner Megan Rapinoe expressed her

Megan Rapinoe on Saturday backed an Alabama women’s soccer player who kneeled during the national anthem prior to her match. “Our message to the team was, ‘You are adults, and if you have a personal opinion, we support your right to express it,” Hart said. “I didn’t try to make too much out of

a close up of Megan Rapinoe: Megan Rapinoe was one of the first professional athletes to kneel in solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he began kneeling in 2016. AP Photo/David Vincent © Provided by INSIDER Megan Rapinoe was one of the first professional athletes to kneel in solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he began kneeling in 2016. AP Photo/David Vincent
  • Alabama Crimson Tide senior Taylor Morgan joined a handful of her teammates in kneeling before their season opener on Saturday.
  • After some fans expressed outrage at her and her teammates for "disrespecting the flag and the military," Morgan explained her decision to kneel in an eloquent statement shared on Twitter.
  • USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe expressed her support for Morgan and her teammates, writing "We are with you @taylormorgz keep walking in that strength, and doing the right thing. #BlackLivesMatter."
  • Other big names in the sports world, including women's soccer star Sydney Leroux Dwyer and WNBA legend Dawn Staley, praised Morgan for her bravery as well.
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Alabama Crimson Tide senior Taylor Morgan knew she'd face a range of reactions when she decided to kneel during the national anthem, but she couldn't have possibly anticipated the star power that would come to her defense.

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U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe complained that her national anthem protest was not well received despite her being a “non-threatening” white woman. Rapinoe became one of the first white athletes to kneel during the national anthem and subsequently stated, “I’ll probably never sing the

US Women's National Team superstar and 2019 Ballon d'Or winner Megan Rapinoe expressed her support for Morgan and her Crimson Tide teammates who kneeled in support of the fight against systemic racism before their season opener against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday afternoon. Rapinoe was one of the first professional athletes to kneel in solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he began kneeling in 2016.

"We are with you @taylormorgz keep walking in that strength, and doing the right thing. #BlackLivesMatter" Rapinoe wrote on Twitter.

Other current and former professional athletes joined Rapinoe in praising Morgan for her bravery, including women's soccer star Sydney Leroux Dwyer and WNBA legend Dawn Staley.

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Megan Rapinoe kneels during the National Anthem prior to the match between the United States US women’s national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe defended her These weren’t the world’s Rapinoe imagines herself to be a principle embodied, like Jackie Robinson ( who suffered racism) or

Megan Rapinoe kneels during the national anthem prior to the soccer match between the United States and the Netherlands at Georgia Dome on September 18, 2016, in Atlanta. The president has slammed players who kneel during the anthem to protest the oppression of black Americans.

The messages of encouragement came in response to a statement Morgan released on Twitter after the game. As expected, some fans expressed outrage at her and her teammates for "disrespecting the flag and the military." The Alabama midfielder shared her reasoning for making "one of the easiest decisions I've ever made" in a post.

"By kneeling, it was in no way meant as a disrespect to the flag nor the military; which both my father and my brother are a part of," Morgan wrote. "In fact, I did this for them. I did this for the millions of African Americans like them that are being oppressed."

Morgan further explained that she is mixed race and that she wants to use her privelege "to support those who lack it."

"The fight against systemic racism is far from over, but I can assure you that change is coming, and I will be apart of making sure it does," she concluded.

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Rapinoe has been outspoken about social justice issues. In 2016, she was among the first white professional athletes to show solidarity with football player Colin Kaepernick when media first began reporting on his kneeling during the national anthem . Rapinoe knelt during a game a month after

When the national anthem played, they took a knee. Now, Kaepernick has the support of U.S On Sunday during a game between the NWSL’s Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars, Rapinoe Rapinoe , who is gay, explained to American Soccer Now’s John Halloran that the United States must

WVUA 23 weekend sports anchor and Alabama senior William Galloway captured and shared a clip of Morgan and her teammates kneeling prior to the game. He wrote that while the majority of Morgan's teammates stood for the anthem, all of the players "were supportive of each other and were connected."

The Crimson Tide went on to win Saturday's contest 3-1. Morgan and company will return to the field Friday to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs on their home turf.

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