‘You can’t win a championship without gays’ – US Women’s World Cup star Megan Rapinoe
US women’s football star Megan Rapinoe fired her team into the World Cup semifinals with two goals against France on Friday night, before stating that “you can’t win a championship without gay players on your team.”
Fresh from a week in which she was involved in a row with President Donald Trump over her comments that she wouldn’t “go to the f*cking White House” if the US won the World Cup, Rapinoe scored once in each half to see off France 2-1 in Paris and book a semifinal date with England.
After the game, Rapinoe, who is gay, was asked what the result meant to her coming as it did during Pride month.
“You can’t win a championship without gays on your team – it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there,” the 33-year-old said.
“I’m motivated by people who like me, who are fighting for the same things. I take more energy from that than from trying to prove anyone wrong. That’s draining on yourself.
“But for me, to be gay and fabulous, during Pride month at the World Cup, is nice,” she added.
Rapinoe celebrates during her match-winning performance vs France. © AFP / Lionel Bonaventure
Rapinoe’s claims raised some eyebrows online, in particular those of the ever-irascible UK TV personality Piers Morgan.
“Erm, yes you can. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, Ms Rapinoe… football competence isn’t linked to sexuality,”Morgan tweeted when sharing a link to the quotes.
Erm, yes you can.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves here, Ms Rapinoe… football competence isn't linked to sexuality. https://t.co/rJpcSbbY4i
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 29, 2019
The British presenter – a friend of US leader Trump – had earlier tweeted that Rapinoe had a “stupendous ego” as he posted a picture of the star celebrating against France.
“Ms Rapinoe sure does love herself. Can’t wait to see our Lionesses dent that stupendous ego,” Morgan wrote in anticipation of the US team’s semifinal meeting with England on Tuesday.
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