Sports are a fan favorite of many people around the world. Being a teenager, famous sports players are who you may look up too. For example, I am a very big fan of soccer, watching the United States Women's soccer team (USWNT) play, is a big interest of mine. In the past few months, football has been raging with two emotions and impacting other sports players and teams with anger or support. Colin Kaepernick a NFL player, kneeled during the national anthem, to fight for his rights. Kaepernick’s protest has encouraged players of several different sports, to follow his lead. United States Women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe also kneeled to the “Star Spangled Banner” in protest for Kaepernick. US Soccer was not happy with her and issued a statement but Rapinoe says “As of now I plan to keep kneeling, I’m trying to kind of formulate a better plan and an action step moving forward. But until then, this is how I can help, this is how I can use my voice going forward, and this is how I can be an ally in this space.”
In my opinion I believe that Rapinoe has the right to kneel if she thinks it is necessary to prove how she feels and use it as a voice around the world. As an american we are supposed to have “rights” and many people in the united states of different races and gender, don’t feel they have the same equal treatment. Although, being a famous sports player, reflects the organization and team you may play for. If the people you play with, your coaches, and fans don’t agree it becomes a lot harder to do on your own. Different protests can be done to show how they feel and show respect for the veterans who have served for our country. I understand how it may affect many people like a family of a veteran who may have lost a loved one would be very upset with this protest, but also the point of view that a different ethnic family lost a loved one from an unfair shooting, their are the different perspectives. As a country I know standing for the anthem brings us together and shows respect as a country. I hope the players who have made the decision to kneel are doing it for a purpose and not out of laziness or disrespect and will still get the opportunity to play.