When Colin Kaepernick was seeing more bench time than playing time as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, he began kneeling during the national anthem in order to draw attention to himself and his displeasure with the team's decision not to play him. In order to gain support for his actions, he attempted to make a racial issue out of it.

U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe began kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” while a player in the National Women’s Soccer League and continues to do so while participating in the Women’s World Cup.

Rapinoe tells Yahoo Sports her protest is against the Trump Administration, which she says doesn’t “value all Americans equally.”

What specifically is her beef is unclear to me at this point: “I feel like it's kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it. Because I'm as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don't get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it's kind of a good ‘F you' to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the administration might have towards people who don't look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”

Get a grip kid, Trump won!

Rapinoe is apparently upset that the U.S. Soccer Federation implemented a rule requiring players to “stand and honor the flag," and that she was not consulted about the decision.

I used to get upset when idiots like Kaepernick and now Rapinoe refused to stand to honor the flag. I don't anymore, because they obviously believe their inflated egos are more important than anything the flag stands for or the people who defended the flag.

By kneeling, they show just how foolish and ignorant they truly are. Now I just chuckle and pity the poor fools.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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