“This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more. Hate less. We got to listen more and talk less. We got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility. Every single person here. Every single person’s who’s not here. Every single person who doesn’t want to be here. Every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place,” 

Megan Rapinoe, the World Cup winner ended her speech by giving a shout-out to New York City to raucous applause: “New York City, you’re the motherf*cking best!” 

Rapinoe asserted that she would not be “going to the f*****g White House” if the women’s team won the World Cup. She expressed regret for swearing so much but stood by her decision not to go to the White House. “I would not go, and every teammate that I’ve talked to explicitly about it would not go,” she said.

“I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked so hard to build, and the things that we fight for, and the way that we live our life — I don’t think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” Rapinoe expressed to Anderson Cooper. She added that allowing the White House to “put us on display” didn’t “make sense for us at all,” adding that “there are so many other people that I would rather talk to and have meaningful conversations that could really affect change in Washington than going to the White House.”

Should sports players/ celebrities/ entertainers use their platforms for political and social justice causes? Susan Price is an Investigative Researcher, a Patriot a Veteran Advocate and Gold Star Mother. Bob McCarthy is a disabled Cold War Marine, Political (GOP) Activist, Founding member of “Code Of Vets”. Ava Armstrong is a political commentator, radio personality, and best-selling author. 

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