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Megan Rapinoe defends her national anthem protests

US women’s national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe defended her decision to kneel during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, conceding that she was aware the protest would make “people uncomfortable.” “I think that protest is not comfortable ever,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night. “It’s going to force people to look inward and question everything they thought that they knew.” Rapinoe became the first white female to follow Kaepernick’s lead when she took a knee before a game with the Chicago Red Stars in 2016. “Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” she told American Soccer Now at the time. Shortly afte ...