U.S. Women’s Soccer Team No Longer Kneels For National Anthem – What Changed?

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Before their match on Sun­day, the U.S. Women’s Soc­cer Team decid­ed to stand for the play­ing of the nation­al anthem, with sev­er­al play­ers claim­ing that past kneel­ing was just one phase in their plan to ‘con­tin­u­ous­ly fight for change.’
This was a depar­ture from the past sev­er­al years, where most of the team kneeled while the anthem was played. Just days ear­li­er, some play­ers had knelt before anoth­er match.
Kneel­ing for the anthem began in 2016 when San Fran­cis­co 49ers Quar­ter­back Col­in Kaeper­nick made the move fash­ion­able to, as he claimed, protest police bru­tal­i­ty against African-Americans.
The prac­tice quick­ly spread through­out the NFL and even­tu­al­ly the NBA. After the death of George Floyd, ath­letes in oth­er sports – indeed in oth­er coun­tries – began kneel­ing before …

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