Megan Rapinoe

U.S. Soccer's new policy on national anthem will test players' convictions

U.S. Soccer's new policy on national anthem will test players' convictions

Maybe the protesters will be fined. Or suspended. Or exiled for the remainder of their careers.

The next time a U.S. national soccer team player refuses to “stand respectfully” for the anthem, there will be consequences.

Good.

It’s not that athletes shouldn’t be allowed to take political stands. They should.

Nor is refusing to stand for the anthem a sign of disrespect toward the military. It’s not. Want to honor our servicemen? Increase their wages, improve their benefits.

No, this is about credibility.

It’s something that politically inclined athletes lack these days and U.S. Soccer might unwittingly bestow it upon the next player who kneels or...

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