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Jeff Carlisle: U.S. Soccer to consider repealing ban on players kneeling

The policy was adopted in response to U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s kneeling for the national anthem before a 2016 match against Thailand. She did so in a bid to show solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem prior to NFL games to protest racial inequality. Rapinoe did the same several times with her club, the Seattle Reign, now known as OL Reign.

If you watched Bundesliga games this weekend, you saw every player, coach, and staffer kneel for a moment of silence prior to every game. Seems tough for U.S. Soccer to defend maintaining this ban at this point.


  1. Maybe it’s two kinds of apples. They weren’t kneeling for the anthem – don’t believe they play the anthem before league games there – but they were kneeling to protest police brutality and support Black Lives Matter. Just like Kaepernick and Rapinoe were.

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