“determination, passion, love, pride. this is football. this is the game who keeps you up all night, this is the game who makes you stand and cheer if it’s snowing, raining, or just extreamly hot. this is the game who makes you come back home with this warm feeling in your heart, even if your team lost, this is your team, you are a part from this team, and you know that today, you gave your everything, even if your team lost, the have won you as there fan, a person who don’t care about winning or loosing, doesn’t care about trophies, doesn’t care about money, the person who loves his team as it is. it’s not just 11 man running after a ball,those are your friends, idols, on that pitch, show them love and respect, so they’ll show you the same, thank them even if they loose, and believe in them, they do it all for you, cus just like you, they love this team. their team, your team, our team.” - josh levi, football commentator
“It was very intentional,” said Rapinoe. “It was a little nod to
Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s
actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a
lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it
absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided
conversation about racial issues in this country.
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and
not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I
could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and
hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important
to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We
don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support
of them is something that’s really powerful.”
I feel like a lot of people don’t talk about how white the USWNT has
been for the most part throughout their history. A lot of that has to do
with the pay to play system but I’ll leave that issue for another day.
Anyways - I say all that because it was really nice to see Rapinoe show
support for Kaepernick and understand that while she can’t relate to Kaepernick on race, she can still show her support as an ally. Although Pinoe has faced her own struggles as an
out athlete, it’s important that white people who call themselves
allies actually use their fame and power to point out issues like
racism, police brutality, white supremacy, etc. So again, good for
while comparatively, women athletes earn more than women in other professions, the wage gap is something that needs to be highlighted, especially while men in the same positions earn millions per year (english soccer player wayne rooney earns ‘50p a second’ which amounts to ~£15 million and portuguese player cristiano ronaldo earns ‘45p a second’ which amounts to ~€21 million)
Guys, I can’t stress this enough. They need us. They need our support. If you don’t have a team, pick a team and rep them. Rep them HARD. You could pick one for any reason you like. Maybe because of where it’s located, a player you fancy that plays for them, you like the club colors. Literally anything. Just get on board. I beg of you.