It didn’t take long for US Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe to pivot to talking politics after being named the “2019 sportsperson of the year” by Sports Illustrated.
During the SI Sportsperson of the Year awards Monday, Rapinoe told Reuters “I think the most important thing is to get that maniac out of the White House.”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 9, 2019
In May, Rapinoe told Yahoo sports her continued national anthem protests, that were inspired at least in part by Colin Kaepernick, a “good F you” to the Trump administration.
“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.” Rapinoe added “I feel like I’m a walking protest… I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it.
Megan Rapinoe is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. She is just the fourth woman in the award’s 66-year history to win it unaccompanied, a feat that is both a remarkable athletic achievement and a reflection of entrenched gender biases.
Rapinoe challenged perceptions of her, of female athletes, of all women. She led her teammates, three months before their tentpole tournament, to sue the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay; to declare in advance that they would not visit the White House when they won the Cup; to score 13 goals in a group-stage match against Thailand, without apology.
As for The Pose? “It was kind of like a ‘F— you,’ but with a big smile and a s— eating grin,” Rapinoe says. “You are not going to steal any of our joy.”
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