United States women’s soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, perhaps best known for taking a knee during the American national anthem at National Women’s Soccer League matches (and skipping out on the national anthem altogether during the World Cup), is firing back at the International Olympic Committee Monday after the IOC banned political protests by athletes competing at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Rapinoe took to Instagram and Twitter to declare that she and others “will not be silenced,” despite the IOC’s pleas for athletes to keep their political opinions off the field of play or risk ruining the “uniting” and “neutral” stance of the global Olympic games.
“So much for being done about the protests,” the women’s soccer star wrote on social media, above a graphic showing fists raised in the air. “So little being done about what we are protesting about. We will not be silenced.”
Megan Rapinoe responds to the IOC banning protests at the Olympics: “We will not be silenced” pic.twitter.com/69PljKC8u5— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 10, 2020
The International Olympic Committee said Friday that protesting on the field of play, or in awards ceremonies or official activities is prohibited, and that such “divisive disruption” could meet with disciplinary action.
These selfish liberal athletes don't care if they ruin our experience watching sports - they just want to score PR and "woke" points.https://t.co/FN5SQ5YSTN— Wayne Dupree 🎙🎥 (@WayneDupreeShow) January 16, 2020