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Megan Rapinoe's Political Activism Amounted to ‘Bullying', Says Former Teammate

Former teammate Hope Solo criticized the popular player in a recent interview

A former U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) player criticized Megan Rapinoe’s political activism.

Hope Solo expressed her dissatisfaction with the current state of the team in an interview with

“I think the kneeling thing can be very divisive. I’ve seen Megan Rapinoe almost bully players into kneeling because she really wants to stand up for something in her particular way,” she said.

The players were teammates for ten years before Solo retired in 2016 following several public scandals. 

“She was charged with assaulting two of her family members in 2014, and in 2016 was suspended by the USWNT for calling the Swedish national team a ‘bunch of cowards’ after a penalty shootout in the Olympics,” reports The New York Post.

Rapinoe’s political statement and gestures have also concerned her sponsors. A group of Subway franchisees have asked for her to be dropped from a new ad campaign because of her kneeling protest during the Tokyo Olympics.

The Women’s Olympic soccer team was initially favored to win a gold medal but closed the games in third place.

“At the event hosted by the North American Association of Subway Franchisees, franchisees discussed removing Rapinoe from a new ad where she kicks a soccer ball at a person holding a burrito, citing complaints they have received from their customers about her,” says The Washington Examiner. “The Subway company doesn’t own any of its nearly 22,000 stores but charges franchisees 4.5% of their revenue for the use of its brand and national advertising campaigns.”

A franchisee from Arizona said, “Spending our money to make a political statement is completely and totally out of bounds.”

Rapinoe, 36, is reportedly considering what is next for her career.

“Just in terms of my whole career, I don’t really know yet. I need to take some time to think about it,” Rapinoe said on ESPN‘s Spain and Fitz show when asked about her possible retirement.

Originally from Redding, California, Rapinoe graduated from the University of Portland in 2008 with degrees in Sociology and Political Science.

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7 responses to “Megan Rapinoe’s Political Activism Amounted to ‘Bullying’, Says Former Teammate”

  1. Russ says:

    Is it true she was on the soccer team that played a local high school soccer team and got their butts handed to them by the high school team? As is required, leftist must be ignorant, uninformed, do not understand economics at all, have no idea what free market is, and fervently believe in the cult they belong to.

  2. TheDarkworld says:

    That’s funny, cus if she wanted to be treated like a man she’s just punchable looking enough for me to do so. Don’t let yourself be “bullied” by bitchasses.

  3. Spiffy says:

    That comment is pure naqahdah and it deserves a Goa’uld medal.

  4. PseudoSwede says:

    Yes, what is next for purple-haired lady’s career?
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see her on a political ticket with the likes of The Discrimination Princess (Meghan Markle).

    They both seem to have poorly-hidden political ambitions peeking through the top of their respective to-do lists…

  5. PseudoSwede says:

    Gold or Goal’d?

  6. PseudoSwede says:

    Ahh, the irony of “standing up for something” by literally kneeling…

  7. Spiffy says:

    “The Women’s Olympic soccer team was initially favored to win a goal medal but closed the games in third place.”