Megan Rapinoe is a famous name in the world of soccer. Megan currently plays for the US Women's soccer team and has been a famous figure and has fans around the globe. She has also been very vocal about her political beliefs.
She has opposed the Trump Administration and has also knelt during the national anthem. However, Megan was proud to support President Obama just a few short years ago. Now, she is saying she will not attend a ceremony at the White House if her team manages to win the championship.
She even used an expletive to say she would not go. She also thought they wouldn't be invited. President Trump spoke out about her comments via Twitter.
"We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear," he wrote.
He then launched a hilarious statement about Rapinoe that seemed to really drive the point home. He said she should focus on winning before worrying about coming to the White House.
"In a series of tweets, Trump claimed that sports teams 'love coming to the White House' and attacked Rapinoe, saying she 'should WIN first before she talks! Finish the job!' he said," according to CNN.
Many people were divided over the incident online. Some supported Megan while others supported the President. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Megan and her team can win in the coming match. Now, more news is coming in concerning the controversy.
According to reports from the Seattle Times, Rapinoe is doubling down on her previous statement. She says she’s standing firm in her decision despite the controversy or backlash from the President.
“I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the expletive,” she said. “My mom would be very upset about that.”
The coach for the team, Jill Ellis, also spoke out about the incident.
“I think this team has a remarkable focus. We all support Megan. She knows that. We know we have each other’s backs in there,” Ellis said. “I think for our players, there’s only one purpose, one mission, why we’re here. Comments, media, whatever, it has always been something I think we can block out pretty easily.”
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, especially if the team wins the championship match. What are your thoughts?