NFL players are no longer the only professional athletes to silently protest the national anthem.
On Sunday night, women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe followed the example set by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” before her Seattle Reign played against the Chicago Red Stars in a NWSL game.
After the game, a 2-2 draw, Rapinoe told American Soccer Now that her action was “a nod to Kaepernick.”
She later took to Twitter to further discuss her protest.
It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going. https://t.co/qwfHcqgV6J
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 5, 2016
Rapinoe, a World Cup and gold medal winner with the U.S. Women’s National Team, becomes the first non-black professional player to join in protesting the national anthem since Kaepernick gained notoriety for sitting out the anthem in 49ers preseason games.
After sitting during the playing of the anthem during preseason games, Kaepernick elected to kneel during the anthem for the team’s final preseason game this past week and was joined by teammate Eric Reid.
Though he has received backlash for his protest, Kaepernick has said it’s not his intention to denigrate police, military or the country, but rather serves as his way of bringing attention to what he sees are failings in the United States.