Megan Rapinoe doubles down on Trump comments but apologises for swearing as it would upset her mum

Greg Evans
Friday 28 June 2019 13:15
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US soccer star Megan Rapinoe has doubled down on her comments about Donald Trump but with the exception of the swear word that she used, as it would upset her mother.

The 33-year-old winger who is a co-captain of the US women's side became a major news story this week after she told Eight by Eight magazine that she would 'not go to the f*****g White House' if the team were invited.

This prompted Trump to lash out at the star in a Twitter rant, which initially backfired on the president as he tagged the wrong Megan Rapinoe in his tweets.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the United States' World Cup quarter-final tie with France on Friday night, she said that she was standing by her comments but hoped that everyone can forget about the swearing.

I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House with the exception of the expletive. My mom will be very upset about that.

She added that she hoped her teammates would consider the role that they have in society and the example that they could potentially set.

Considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform we have, using it for good and leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world in a better place, I don’t think I would want to go.

I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn’t feel the same way and doesn’t fight for the same things we fight for.

Rapinoe's latest comments have, once again, seen the star praised for speaking out against Trump and considering the feelings of her mother.

HT Guardian

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