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Washington Soccer Team Plays National Anthem Early to Preempt Rapinoe’s Protest

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U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe never got the chance to follow NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead to kneel during the national anthem Wednesday at Maryland SoccerPlex because the home team’s owner, in a preemptive move, had “The Star-Spangled Banner” played while the athletes were in their locker rooms.

Air Force veteran Bill Lynch, the owner of the Washington Spirit, ordered the national anthem to be played before his team and the Seattle Reign could both take the field, the Washington Post reported Wednesday night.

The National Women’s Soccer League club said the Spirit played the song early “rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent.” – READ MORE

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