American football star Megan Rapinoe returned to Draymond Green on Wednesday after the NBA player suggested women in the sport should stop “complaining” about the gender pay gap.
The Golden State Warriors forward faced backlash last month on a series of tweets he wrote about the gender pay gap in sports, suggesting that female athletes should tackle the problem and focus more on growing their sports and their income.
Green doubled in a later interview, telling reporters, “I’m really tired of them complaining about the lack of pay because they’re doing themselves a disservice by just complaining. They don’t describe the steps they can take to change that. “
Rapinoe, who already had repulsed firmly on Green’s initial thread, weighed in again on Wednesday at a Team USA media event.
“It’s such a shame that in the position he holds, with all the resources he has and the ability to have a much more informed opinion, he just doesn’t have it,” she said. . “Really frustrating. Obviously, he just showed his whole ass by not understanding what we’re talking about all the time.
“Don’t you think we asked for more [investment]? Rapinoe added. “I mean, what are we screaming about all the time?”
“When we talk about equality in women’s sport, we always mean investment, funding, resources, marketing and branding first,” said Rapinoe. “And invest not only in the players, but also in support staff, coaching, media, television, print, all of that.”
She and her American women’s football teammates have long been highly visible and active advocates for gender equality in sports across the country and around the world. Rapinoe and teammate Midge Purce joined President Joe Biden in the White House last month to advocate for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act and to call for more investment in women’s sport. And Rapinoe testified before the House Oversight Committee earlier today on the gender pay gap.
Rapinoe and more than 25 of his USWNT teammates sued the American Football Federation in 2017 over the huge pay gap between them and their under-performing male counterparts.
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