'I was scared it would look different if a black girl kneels' - USWNT's Dunn says she was afraid to join Rapinoe protests
US women's striker Crystal Dunn said she felt "delighted" when teammate Megan Rapinoe knelt to protest racism and police brutality, but admitted that she felt uncomfortable because of her future feared.
Dunn has been with USWNT since 2013 and has played in over 100 international matches, while in 2019 he won a place in the World Cup squad.
She was a member of the USWNT in 2016 when Rapinoe decided to kneel in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started this in protest during the national anthem.
However, Rapinoe was the only member of the USWNT to kneel, and shortly after their first protests, US football decided that players had to stand during the national anthem.
This rule has since been lifted in the wake of ongoing protests and discussions about racism and police brutality in American society after George Floyd's death, with President Donald Trump expressly calling on the Federation to take this decision.
Trump said he would not watch American players kneel. Florida Senator Matt Gaetz said he believed that all national team players should be required to stand for the anthem.
As part of a Bleacher Report Roundtable on the race, Dunn revealed why she hadn't initially joined Rapinoe on her knees.
"I only remember our conversation when she came up to me and said," Scream, I'm thinking of kneeling, "Dunn recalled," and I remember that she was so happy that she was against something wanted to fight, which in my opinion was then: "You have nothing to do with it".
"It was ignorant on my part when I thought that straight away. I was just so moved that she wanted to fight for this.
"I also remember telling her I had to stand because I don't know what's going to happen. I'm afraid for my job. I'm afraid it will be different if a black girl kneels on the team and i don't know
"I just had really tough talks with her about how I got into conflict internally and how US Soccer reacted to and treated Megan. For me, I think she kept her out of a few games, kept her out of the camp, and yes, that was crazy, but for me I thought that they could tear up my contract. "
Dunn, a member of the North Carolina Courage, was the 2015 NWSL Most Valuable Player and was twice named the XI's Best XI in the league.
The NWSL is expected to return on June 30th, making it the first major American sports league to play again.
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