U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe snapped again at Draymond Inexperienced on Wednesday after the NBA participant advised that girls in sports activities ought to cease “complaining” concerning the gender pay hole.
The Golden State Warriors energy ahead confronted backlash final month over a series of tweets he wrote about sexist pay disparities in sports activities that advised feminine athletes ought to repair the issue and focus extra on rising their sports activities and income.
Inexperienced doubled down in a subsequent interview, telling reporters, “I’m actually uninterested in seeing them complain concerning the lack of pay as a result of they’re doing themselves a disservice by simply complaining. They’re not laying out steps that they will take to alter that.”
Rapinoe, who had already pushed back firmly on Inexperienced’s preliminary thread, weighed in once more Wednesday at a Staff USA media occasion.
“It’s actually unlucky that within the place he’s in, having all of the assets that he has and the power to have a way more educated opinion, that he simply hasn’t,” she stated. “Actually irritating. Clearly, he simply form of confirmed his complete ass in not understanding what we discuss the entire time.”
“You don’t assume that we’ve requested for extra [investment]?” Rapinoe added. “I imply, what are we screaming about nonstop?”
“Once we discuss equality in ladies’s sports activities, we at all times speak first about funding, and funding, and assets, and advertising and marketing, and branding,” Rapinoe stated. “And investing in not simply the gamers however the assist employees, and training, and media, TV media, print media, all of it.”
She and her U.S. ladies’s soccer teammates have lengthy been extremely seen and energetic advocates for gender equality in sports activities across the nation and world. Rapinoe and teammate Midge Purce joined President Joe Biden on the White Home final month to advocate for the passage of the Paycheck Equity Act and name for extra funding in ladies’s sports activities. And Rapinoe testified earlier than the Home Oversight Committee earlier that day on gender pay disparities.
Rapinoe and greater than 25 of her USWNT teammates sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2017 over the large pay disparity between them and their less-successful male counterparts.
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