Rachel Hill issues statement on why she didn’t kneel with teammates during anthem

Taking to Twitter, U.S. women’s pro soccer player Rachel Hill explained why she didn’t kneel with teammates.

Hill wrote:

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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Casey Short, one of the players that did kneel also issued a statement and addressed Rachel, writing:

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.