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Washington Spirit plays Anthem early to prevent Megan Rapinoe from taking a knee

This strikes me as cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Well, this is one way to prevent someone from peacefully protesting during the National Anthem. The Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League elected to play the National Anthem earlier than expected to prevent soccer star Megan Rapinoe from “hijacking our organization’s event to draw attention to what is ultimately a personal - albeit worthy - cause.” The Spirit press release mentioned that they were a “veteran owned team” and emphasized they feel, “there are better ways to begin a conversation about a cause.” They did not offer alternatives.

Rapinoe plays for Seattle Reign FC, and took a knee during their match Sunday in Chicago, in support of Colin Kaepernick. Her team issued a statement of support saying that while they recognize people were offended, they also see her decision inspiring many.

I get that they do not like what Rapinoe did, but this seems to actually put the focus squarely on the entire situation. This feels a little bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face.