Last month, United States women’s national soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe told Yahoo Sports, “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart” for the national anthem ever again.
At Tuesday’s World Cup match against Thailand, Rapinoe kept her word. The openly gay forward refused to put her hand over her heart and sing along to the national anthem, which was apparently a “F you” to “sexist,” “racist,” and “small-minded” President Donald Trump.
During the Yahoo! Sports interview, Rapinoe proudly dubbed herself “a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration” because of “everything” she “stands for,” hinting at her sexuality.
“I feel like it's kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it. Because I'm as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don't get to tell me if I can be here or not,” she said.