U.S. Women’s Soccer Players cause controversy during national anthem

Several members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team appeared to turn away while the national anthem was being played by 98-year-old World War 2 veteran Pete DuPré ahead of the match against Mexico.

Per DailyCaller “After the song began, the camera pans over to one side and we see some members of the U.S. team turned away as the vet played the anthem. The members of the other team all faced forward during the entire song.”

The official U.S. Soccer communications Twitter account disputed the claim that team members were being disrespectful during the national anthem.

The Post Millennial tweeted “Disgraceful behaviour from some members of the US womens’ soccer team as they turn their backs while 98-year-old World War II veteran Pete DuPré played the National Anthem on his harmonica.”

U.S. Soccer Communications replied “Not true. No one turned their back on WWII Veteran Pete DuPré during tonight’s anthem. Some USWNT players were simply looking at the flag on a pole in one end of the stadium. The players all love Pete, thanked him individually after the game and signed a ball for him.”

U.S. Soccer also shared a video and wrote “This is respect. Each and every player waited for their opportunity to come up to Pete post-game before getting on the bus, said hello, thanked him and signed his ball.”

“To be clear, no one turned their back on WWII Veteran Pete DuPré during tonight’s anthem. Some USWNT players were simply looking at the flag on a pole in one end of the stadium. The players all love Pete, thanked him individually after the game and signed a ball for him,” they added.