Megan Rapinoe, Soccer Player, Joins Colin Kaepernick in Protest of Anthem

September 5, 2016 Updated: September 5, 2016

Megan Rapinoe, a professional soccer player who played for the U.S. Women’s National Team, joined Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, kneeling before a league game between her Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars.

“It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t,” she said, according to American Soccer Now.

She added that it “was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

Kapernick, the No. 2 quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand during the national anthem before all four preseason games.

He explained that his protest is because: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Kapernick said he will continue to sit during the anthem for the foreseeable future.