In reaction to the notion held by millions of Americans that the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team disrespected the National Anthem prior to their match against Vietnam over the weekend in New Zealand, retired NFL great and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has shared his perspective.
After the majority of the 11 starters either declined to place their hands over their hearts, refuse to sing the national anthem, or both — despite the fact that every member of the Vietnamese national team did so enthusiastically — Brady posted a message to the team on social media and mostly disregarded the criticism.
“Team USA is gearing up to do something I was never able to pull off,” he said in a video. “A three-peat. So, I just wanted to give a shout-out to our squad as they go for their third consecutive World Cup. We are all back here watching and cheering for you guys so bring it home.”
Only five of the eleven players who stood during the playing of the National Anthem in New Zealand’s Eden Park arena covered their hearts, as seen in the video. The bulk of the team simply stared straight ahead.
Alyssa Naeher, Lindsey Horan, and Julie Ertz were the only players to really sing the lyrics.
Vietnam was defeated by Team USA 3-0.
Online opponents expressed their opposition.
“Americans are being trained to hate their country. These angry women are representing a country they despise at the World Cup. Our schools are failing…,” one Twitter user said.
“These spoiled a$$ athletes need to be reminded they don’t play for the name on the back of the jersey. They play for the name on the front of it. And if they hate our country so much, go play somewhere else. You won’t be missed,” another said.
“If these players don’t love the country they are representing, they should not be on the team. As an ex-athlete, I always loved who I represented. It is an insult to every American to behave in such a disrespectful manner,” another said.
“Just another reason not to watch women’s soccer. Besides the fact that it’s boring, they can’t beat a high school team ..they expect the same amount of money as the men yet don’t bring in the same revenue, have equal talent, or deliver the same quality football,” a different Twitter user stated.
Megan Rapinoe, a star for the USWNT who is well known for her far-left, anti-American beliefs, made headlines last week when she said that those who oppose transgender athletes playing against biological women have “weaponized” women’s sports.
She called it “total bulls**t” and pleaded with a witness to “show me all the trans people who are nefariously taking advantage of being trans in sports. It’s just not happening.”
Jennifer Sey, a former world champion gymnast, responded to Rapinoe’s comments in a Fox News interview.
“I guess I would ask her why in  when the best women’s soccer team in the world lost to 15-year-old high school boys, how – why was that? How did that happen?” she said. “An average high school boys’ team. They lost – the best women’s soccer team in the world… There is an advantage. This is not trans bigotry. This is about girls and women.”
“We have to acknowledge that biology, testosterone in and of itself, but also having going through male puberty confers advantages. That’s why we have separate categories of men’s and women’s sports. Denying that is denying reality,” Sey told Fox.
“So, I am very much in favor of protecting women’s sports and giving women a fair and even playing field to compete against each other, access the educational opportunities that come from that,” she went on.
“And I think if we don’t stand up now and defend women’s spaces, essentially what we’re agreeing to is there is no difference. Men do not have physical advantages, and there will be no gender categories in sports if we don’t say no to it now. There will be no categories,” Sey added.
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