US Women’s Soccer disputes claim they were disrespectful during national anthem

The official U.S. Soccer communications Twitter account disputed a 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.

Earlier, conservatives had ripped the behavior of the U.S. Women’s soccer team, alleging they were being disrespectful.

Richard Grennell wrote:

Every woman on the Mexican Soccer Team faced the flag & sang the Mexican National anthem.

Several woman on the U.S. Soccer team turned away from the US flag – while a 92 year old Veteran played the anthem on a harmonica.

Why didn’t @USWNT show the women turning away?

Juanita Broaddrick wrote “US Women’s Soccer SUCKS.”

 

Charlie Kirk wrote “Kick them off. I’d rather America lose every single game than have this type of disrespect define our country Ungrateful brats.”

Another Twitter user pointed out the team has knelt during the anthem in the past.