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What is California’s Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe So Bitter About?

‘No athlete should turn victory into victimhood, champion athlete to champion complainer’

By Katy Grimes, July 14, 2019 2:15 am

Megan Rapinoe is just another pious, anti-American, quasi-celebrity who should be thankful for what she has to the nation that she claims to hate.

Following the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team’s recent fourth World Cup title, team captain Megan Rapinoe stood on a parade float in Manhattan with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame in one hand, and the World Cup trophy in the other shouting “I DESERVE THIS.”

Rapinoe, who was told by her coach to stop taking a knee during the National Anthem, is now a celebrity. She’s a lesbian idol. She’s also a millionaire, and oppressed. After the big win, Rapinoe projected such false outrage that she and her teammates are clearly victims of discrimination and sexism, and don’t receive “equal pay.” They demanded it. However, shortly thereafter, the ungrateful world champs were reminded of their 2017 blowout loss to a soccer team of 14-year-old boys. In 2017, the U.S. women’s national team played the FC Dallas under-15 boys academy team and fell 5-2, according to FC Dallas’ official website.

“I DESERVE THIS,” said Rapinoe.

In 1972 my best friend and I really wanted to play league soccer. But there were no girls teams, so we joined a boys team. It was not a popular decision with the boys’ parents because at age 10, we were fairly physically equal to the boys, we were athletic, and played really well. After two weeks, the parents got together and booted us from the boys team and told us to form our own team.

And then in June of 1972 Title lX was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. The law was a follow up to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and passed to end discrimination in various fields based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the areas of employment and public accommodation. Title lX was not a sports-equity law, but became known as this after Congressman John Tower proposed an amendment to Title IX that would have exempted athletics departments from the scope of Title IX’s coverage. Tower’s amendment failed, but the genie was already out of the bottle, and Title lX became synonymous with equal rights for women in athletics.

Megan Rapinoe was born in 1985, long after sports equity became a “right” for the girls. Her belief that she is inherently deserving of privileges and entitlement is evidence of staggering ignorance.

Female soccer players, just like most female athletes, are paid less because their sports have fewer fans and bring in less total revenue. Women’s sports are not the best spectator sports. “The total prize money for the Women’s World Cup in France this July was $30 million; the total prize money for the men’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be $440 million,” John Glynn with The Federalist reported.

‘Everyone’s new soccer hero Megan Rapinoe is actually kind of awful’

“Everyone’s new soccer hero Megan Rapinoe is actually kind of awful,” Brad Polumbo wrote at the Washington Examiner. “Rapinoe has soccer skills for sure, but her entitled, flippant, and unpatriotic attitude is the epitome of first-world privilege.”

Megan Rapinoe derided and mocked the idea of an invitation to the White House to meet United States President Donald Trump following the win, but said said she’d accept invitations from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Sen. Chuck Schumer, all Democrats. She told a magazine called Eight by Eight, “I’m not going to the f–king White House,” in an interview prior to the win.

Megan Rapinoe is just another pious, anti-American, quasi-celebrity who owes what she has to the nation that she claims to hate. More is never enough for this successful girl from Redding, CA, whose parents drove her from Redding to Elk Grove daily from 2002 to 2005, to play soccer for Elk Grove High School, in a two-and-a-half hour commute. What is the cause of the Grand-Canyon sized chip on her shoulder?

“I DESERVE THIS,” said Rapinoe.

“Arrogant, abrasive, sanctimonious, whiny, humorless, unpatriotic, self-important and immensely boring, Megan Rapinoe has made the least of her sudden ascent to fame as the captain of the World Cup-winning US women’s soccer team,” Kyle Smith wrote in the NY Post. “With unprecedented alacrity, she has become America’s anti-sweetheart.”

As for the equal pay issue, Rapinoe, her teammates and many in the media need a lesson in supply and demand economics. Women’s soccer is not nearly the draw men’s soccer is. “Last year, the men’s World Cup generated $6 billion, and gave about 7 percent to the teams. The 2019 Women’s World Cup made $131 million, and gave out more than 20 percent to the teams,” John Glynn at The Federalist said. As a percentage of profits, the women receive more than the men. But men’s soccer brings in exponentially more revenue than women’s soccer.

Glynn goes on to say that the equal pay critics are missing the point. “Yes, the women are indeed ‘No. 1 in the world,’ but they’re number one in women’s sports, which has far fewer fans and plays far fewer games. Events like the World Cup and the Olympics come around every four years. The rest of the time, unlike many of the players on the men’s national time, many of whom play for elite clubs, the ladies are rarely in the limelight. The men are consistent cash cows, playing in front of huge crowds once, if not twice, a week. But this only scratches the surface of the quality differences between the two teams.”

“Meanwhile, the 2019 Women’s World Cup made somewhere in the region of $131 million, doling out $30 million, well more than 20 percent of collected revenue, to the participating teams. It seems a pay gap does exist, after all.”

Think about some of the amazing female athletes who have won championships, and accepted their trophies and medals with grace and appreciation: Venus and Serena Williams dominating in tennis for years; Dara Torres, a 12-time Olympic medalist who at age 41, became the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team; Jackie Joyner-Kersee who competed in four Olympic Games for the U.S. from 1984 to 1996, earning medals in both the women’s heptathlon and the women’s long jump; Chris Evert who was the World No. 1 tennis player, having won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles, and early female soccer star Mia Hamm, a now-retired two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, hailed as a soccer icon, she was the face of the Women’s United Soccer Association, the first professional women’s soccer league in the United States.

 

Sports stars are just that, superstars in a sporting event. They are not Gods, but very talented athletic people. However, most appear grateful for the opportunities, success and wealth. Kyle Smith summed Rapinoe best: “What no athlete should do is turn victory into victimhood, to go from champion athlete to champion complainer, to be so sanctimonious as to advise America to “love more, hate less,”as Rapinoe did in her speech at the ticker-tape parade Wednesday.”

“I DESERVE THIS.”

Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?
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