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US Soccer's Megan Rapinoe Kneels During National Anthem In Solidarity With Colin Kaepernick

"It's the least I can do," she tweeted on Sunday.

Posted on September 4, 2016, at 11:20 p.m. ET

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe took a knee on Sunday during the playing of the national anthem in solidarity with the NFL's Colin Kaepernick.

A photo shows Seattle Reign forward Megan Rapinoe in 2015.
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A photo shows Seattle Reign forward Megan Rapinoe in 2015.

Rapinoe — a member of the Seattle Reign, the US women's national team, and an Olympic medalist — took a knee during Sunday's game between the Reign and the Chicago Red Stars.

She later tweeted that she hoped to "keep the conversation going."

It's the least I can do. Keep the conversation going. https://t.co/qwfHcqgV6J

"It's the least I can do. Keep the conversation going," Rapinoe said.

Rapinoe told American Soccer Now that the move was a nod to Kaepernick and she hoped for a more thoughtful conversation in the US on racial issues.

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties," Rapinoe told American Soccer Now. "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.”

Kaepernick, a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, began his silent protest last month.

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“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said during an interview with NFL Media.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

His actions have drawn a mixed response. Critics have called him unpatriotic and disrespectful. Others have praised him for bringing attention to police violence against people of color, and on Twitter, #VeteransForKaepernick applauded him for exercising his rights.

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