Megan Rapinoe, the star of Reign FC and the U.S. women’s national soccer team accepted an award for being one of Glamour magazine’s “women of the year”. At her acceptance speach Monday, the MVP of the 2019 Women’s World Cup singled out Colin Kaepernick and said that she feels like she wouldn’t be there without him.
She began her remarks by giving a “shout-out to women this year. Every woman!”.
She then turned more serious, and singled out the quarterback who has been out of the NFL since the spring of 2017 after he decided to kneel during the national anthem before games as one of her inspirations. She said that Colin Kaepernick demonstrated “courage and bravery” and he was “filled with conviction, unafraid of the consequences”. She noted that he knew that it wasn’t about playing it safe, but it was about doing what is necessary and backing down nobody.
Rapinoe added that she’s disgusted with the way Kaepernick has been treated, and the fans and hatred he has received in all of this.
She has also been active and feuded publicly with President Donald Trump, and she declared that she will not visit him in the White House after the U.S. team won the World Cup. She is also a champion of LGBTQ+ rights, and she led the U.S. team in its lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay.
Check out her speech for yourself below: