And that’s how you handle that one:
U.S. soccer star and Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe was prevented by the opposing team, the Washington Spirit, Wednesday night from kneeling during the National Anthem after the Spirit altered its pregame ceremonies.
The Spirit released a statement prior to the match, saying they would rather move up the Anthem while the teams were off the field than “subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent.”
“We decided to play the Anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the National Women’s Soccer League team said in a statement. "We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step, but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise.
"To willingly allow anyone to hijack this tradition that means so much to millions of Americans and so many of our own fans for any cause would effectively be just as disrespectful as doing it ourselves.”
If I have a grievance with my nation I would still stand for the anthem. You can protest and make arguments against policies, to me, standing for the anthem is a show of respect for this right, it pays homage to those who went before us, who died for these freedoms. You don’t have a grievance with all of America, nor all of the veterans, so why show such a broad sign of disrespect?
I like John Tortorella’s dealing of this (NHL hockey coach and coach of U.S National team), if you sit on the bench for the anthem you will remain sitting on the bench throughout the game. There are 1000 ways to protest, in my mind there needs to be some level of sacred lines you shouldn’t cross, especially in the context of a sport.