The U.S. women’s soccer team actions before the game took away the glory of their 4-0 win over Mexico.
Before the start of the game 98 year-old WWII veteran Pete DuPré played the National Anthem on his harmonica but to his surprise a majority of the U.S. women’s team turned away from the flag and closed their eyes.
That sad part about it is that Mexico’s national team had more respect for our national anthem then our own.
Take a look at the video:
— ESPN (@espn) July 5, 2021
US Women's Soccer Team Disrespects 98-Year-Old WW2 Vet Playing Star Spangled Banner on Harmonica https://t.co/vhROKGnSe2
— America-Loving Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 6, 2021
The US Women's Soccer team does NOT represent me, I hope they lose every single game! https://t.co/8GvR6GrmAa
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) July 6, 2021
Becker News covered the story and had these details to share:
Members of the U.S. women’s soccer team turned away and put their hands behind their back during the National Anthem at a ‘send-off’ match before the Olympics on Monday.
The 98-year-old World War II veteran Pete DuPré was playing the National Anthem when the women turned away while in a single file line, closing their eyes during the Star Spangled Banner.
Disrespecting the national anthem has become a trend for Team USA athletes, particularly on the women’s soccer team. Megan Rapinoe became infamous in 2016 when she kicked off kneeling for the national anthem, which had been a stunt launched by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s lie that the Star Spangled Banner is ‘racist.’
DISGRACEFUL: US women's soccer team members turn their backs to 98-year-old WWII vet playing the national anthem https://t.co/RiBPkzyrht
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) July 6, 2021
The Post Millennial covered the disrespectful gesture by the team too:
Ahead of the Olympic send-off match versus Mexico, several members of the US women’s soccer team turned away as 98-year-old World War II veteran Pete DuPré played the national anthem on his harmonica Monday.
After he arrived via wheelchair due to his advanced age, DuPré, known by many as viral musician “Harmonica Pete,” stepped up to the microphone with the wind instrument in-hand Monday. DuPré was embraced with an ovation of applauding fans who stayed standing while he played the patriotic tune.
However, a handful of the soccer players on Team USA’s roster snubbed the war veteran’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and turned away while DuPré played.
Getting gold in the Olympics means nothing if your going to disrespect our country while doing it.