What NWSL Players Do During The National Anthem Will Give You Another Reason You Didn’t Already Need To Hate Soccer
(Tea Party 247) – One of the most unpopular and made fun of sports in the United States is that of professional soccer. With such an awful reputation, you’d think the teams in these leagues would want to do anything they can to make the sport more appealing to an American audience, avoiding stuff like politics and the whole National Anthem kneeling controversy that has cost the sport of professional football so much money and viewership over the last several years.
Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage decided to try and jump on the “woke” bandwagon by taking a knee during the National Anthem. Oh but that’s not all. The players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts during their warmups too, which were nationally televised on CBS.
I wonder if these players have actually watched the news at all. Many of the individuals who are part of BLM have been okay with the violence, rioting, and looting that has broken out during their “protests.” The leader of the organization even suggested that unless they are given what they want, they will “burn the system to the ground,” going so far as to suggest this isn’t just a metaphorical statement.
I mean, wearing these shirts and stuff is akin to supporting an active terrorist group.
Here’s more on this from Breitbart:
“We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against Black people and people of color in America. We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard. It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone,” the Thorns and Courage said in a joint statement released before the game.
The league confirmed the day before that it would play the national anthem before the Challenge Cup games and that it would support the players in whatever they chose to do.
During the late match between the Red Stars and the Washington Spirit a few players remained standing. There was a touching moment when Chicago’s Julie Ertz consoled teammate Casey Short, who was overcome by emotion.
The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup is being played without fans at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah.
“Today, hopefully, it was a powerful statement,” Courage midfielder Sam Mewis said after her team defeated the Thorns 2-1. “It was an emotional time and I hope that both teams’ message comes through clearly.”
It was definitely a powerful statement, Mewis. A statement of the sheer stupidity and lack of understanding you and other professional athletes have about what is happening our country right now. None of what you see on television is a fight for Civil Rights or a battle against police brutality.
No, it’s the progressive movement using this conveniently timed cause to help further justify the spread of the federal government’s tentacles into our private lives. They are using this situation to promote chaos and thus make the people of our nation willing to accept more government intrusion as a means of keeping peace and security.
Black Lives Matter is a movement that exists solely for the furthering of the progressive agenda. Nothing more. Ironically, a group supposedly dedicated to fighting against inequality is unwittingly playing a hand in creating the very beast they claim to be trying to exterminate.
Thorns defender Becky Sauerbrunn said: “The (players’ association) has been about collaborating with teams on what we can do to maintain and sustain the conversation around racial injustice in this country.
“We made a strong statement and we wanted to kind of maintain that momentum that has been happening and to show official commitment to the cause,” she added.
Megan Rapinoe, who plays for OL Reign but opted out of the Challenge Cup, was criticized when she knelt at an NWSL game and a pair of U.S. national team games in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem to bring attention to racial inequality.
In response, U.S. Soccer adopted a rule that required players to stand. But that rule was repealed earlier this month amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and racial inequity.
Rapinoe voiced her support for the NWSL players Saturday on social media: “You love to see these women using their voice, demanding better for America, and for black people and people of color.”
Spirit Coach Richie Burke joined his players in kneeling before the late game.
“I’m grateful for everything this country has given me, but I feel the need to support the Black Lives Matter movement because I know this privilege isn’t the same for everyone. This is just the start. There is much more work to be done,” Burke said.
According to Mewis, the team plans on continuing their faux crusade against the make believe systemic racism they’ve been brainwashed to think exists in this country all throughout the Challenge Cup.
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