USA Women forward Megan Rapinoe hit back at Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, saying he should have been better informed on the issue of equal pay when he suggested that female athletes stop cutting themselves off. complain about the problem.
Rapinoe and her American teammates have become leading figures for equal pay in the United States after engaging in a public battle with their federation over wages and playing conditions in the run-up to the successful candidacy of the team at the World Cup in 2019.
She criticized recent NCAA basketball tournament organizers for providing substandard facilities for women’s teams and Green for saying that female athletes were not leveraging their position to force companies to increase revenue women’s leagues.
“I’m really tired of them complaining about the lack of pay because they are doing themselves a disservice by just complaining,” Green said as quoted by CBS last week.
“They don’t describe the steps they can take to change that. It comes across as a complaint because the people who can change it are just going to keep saying, ‘Well the income isn’t there. you don’t bring in income, we can’t increase your salary.
“They’re going to keep using this, but the reality is, as true as it is, it’s an excuse.”
Responding to Green’s comments, Rapinoe told reporters at Team USA’s media summit on Wednesday: “It’s really unfortunate in the position that (Green is) in, having all the resources he has and the ability to have. a much more informed opinion, which he simply does not have.
“(And to do it) when the tournament was going on and all that we saw with the lack of investment, the lack of resources, the lack of funding – it’s really frustrating that that’s what you have,” she mentioned.
The US women’s team begins their quest for a fifth Olympic gold medal in Tokyo this summer.
Rapinoe renews his call for equal pay
Rapinoe renewed his call for equal pay in March, appearing before a congressional panel and pledging to “carry this torch” alongside his teammates.
The US striker told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that the World Cup winners had surpassed the achievements of their male counterparts but received inadequate pay and playing conditions, two years after quitting. ‘she and her teammates have filed a landmark sex discrimination complaint against American football. .
“There is no level of status, achievement or power that will protect you from the clutches of iniquity,” Rapinoe said in her testimony written in honor of Equal Pay Day.
“The National Women’s Team has won four World Cup championships and four Olympic gold medals on behalf of our country. We have filled stadiums, broken audience records and sold jerseys, all popular measures by which we are judged. “