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[PHOTO] Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Supports Colin Kaepernick With This Defiant Act

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe has knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign’s 2-2 tie with the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League.

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Rapinoe, 31, said it was an intentional move designed to show her support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing protest against racial injustice in the U.S.   ‘It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going,’ Rapinoe tweeted, after earlier telling American Soccer Now it was ‘a nod to Kaepernick’.

Rapinoe is a midfielder for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League – the highest women’s club competition in the U.S.  She has played 115 games for the U.S. Women’s National Team, and was a crucial part of the side’s gold medal win at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Just two weeks before the Games, Rapinoe came out publicly and used the moment as a chance to make a stand for LGBTI equality. ‘I feel like sports in general are still homophobic in the sense that not a lot of people are out,’ she said at the time.

‘I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want—they need—to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.’  She was also a member of the 2016 Rio Olympics team, and the 2015 World Cup winning squad.

The 31-year-old’s protest comes after Kaepernick sparked a national discussion by refusing to stand during San Francisco’s preseason games. Kaepernick explained his decision not to stand for the anthem after the 49ers final preseason game last week.

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