U.S. Women's Soccer Team Calls for Immediate Repeal of National Anthem Protest Policy

At the time, Rapinoe, 34, was the first white athlete and the first female athlete to kneel.

USSF, however, fought back against her protest, releasing a statement that it had an “expectation” for its players to stand and later enacted the policy that required them to do so in March 2017.

Rapinoe responded with a statement of her own, agreeing to follow the new rules. “That said, I believe we should always value the use of our voice and platform to fight for equality of every kind,” she said, according to ESPN.

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