WNBA veteran Sue Bird is once again sounding off on Donald Trump and his attacks towards her girlfriend Megan Rapinoe.
She even went as far as calling Rapinoe’s performance that led the U.S. Women’s National Team to a second consecutive World Cup title was “the ultimate silencer” to President Donald Trump.
Rapinoe found herself a target of critical tweets by Trump after a video surfaced that had her boldly stating she wasn’t “going to the fucking White House.” “Megan should WIN before she talks,” Trump wrote in part on June 26.
“Megan let her play speak for itself,” Bird told USA TODAY Sports. “President Trump likes to play games on Twitter to (cater) to his followers. For him to go at Megan and twist it and flip it, then saying they better win, it’s something everyone should be able to see through. Obviously, she went out there and balled out.”
Rapinoe scored six goals at the World Cup, which earned her the Golden Boot and Golden Ball honors as both the top player and the top goal scorer.
“I saw firsthand what Megan had been through,” Bird said. “She had torn her ACL leading up to the (Rio) Olympics and then afterwards she knelt in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. A lot was happening where, it’s hard to believe now, but soccer could’ve been taken away from her. She overcame all that. She overcame so much and did it in insane fashion, not just on the field scoring goals, but off the field fighting the president.”
Bird also spoke out on the people who get upset at athletes for speaking out on social issues.
“It makes no sense to say, ‘Focus on your sport.’ Listen, athletes are people,” Bird said. “And especially when the president is quick to make comments publicly, at some point, everyone has the right to respond.
“Politics and sports are intertwined. And are we really talking about politics or are we talking about being a good human? And not being a racist? I’ve never heard Megan talk about tax reform. We’re talking about treating people equally. I can’t even get to politics because of the lack of humanity that (Trump) has shown.”
It’s never ade sense why people get upset at athletes for talking about something that affects thousands, if not millions of people. Telling an athlete to stick to sports isn’t a healthy argument. In that case, if you work fast food, then stick to flipping burgers. You cut grass, tend to your mower and stay out of politics. You’re a stay at home parent, avert your time to your kids and cleaning your home.
Not so fun when the same logic gets used on you.