I have been producing this column in various forms on various platforms for most of the last eight years. The space has always been dedicated to soccer. Sports have always been a two-pronged outlet for me. One is the spectacle of watching elite athletes not only perform, but push themselves to their mental and physical limits–in public–knowing there is a chance to walk away disappointed. The other is how it breaks down cultural divides. I remember going to baseball games as a kid and, while I did not realize it until many years later, the entrance to the stadium represented an invisible barrier that cut down all racial, cultural and economic barriers. On the other side of that barrier, inside the stadium, everyone was bonded by their love for team.
This week feels different. This week it seems as if current events ought to take priority over anything I could discuss about the long NWSL off-season. With that in mind, this week I cede my voice to some prominent personalities around women’s soccer and the rest of the sports world.
Soccer talk will return next week and this space will continue to serve as an outlet for those of us bound by sports, NWSL in particular. It figures to be a big year for the league, and we’ll be here to document and discuss it every step of the way.
Travel day tomorrow trying to do my part. To stay silent is to stand with the oppressor. #nomuslimban That isn’t my America. ✊? pic.twitter.com/yZF3AdKZ8g
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) January 30, 2017
Go to https://t.co/rXzuvLftFX and donate now. Support the many groups and people that fight to protect our fundamental freedoms. @ACLU
— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) January 28, 2017
I am in shock and disbelief over #MuslimBan. Has history not taught us anything???
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) January 28, 2017
So there’s no confusion about letting Muslims and refugees into my home–I do. I have. I will. Next question. pic.twitter.com/CzS1Mxd2Cr
— Haley Carter (@HalesBells99) January 30, 2017
Kyle Lowry’s comments on President Trump’s #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/DOIPpOE0AP
— Mark Sheldon (@markdsheldon) January 30, 2017
The @MLSPlayersUnion condemns the refugee/Muslim travel ban: “It runs counter to the values of inclusiveness that define us as a nation” pic.twitter.com/SAjkTXmdSf
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) January 30, 2017
The above Instagram post is from New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara
#MuslimBan accomplishes nothing but further encouragement of hateful ideology–for generations. We can’t countermessage to these children. https://t.co/RoB59ZkTLQ
— Haley Carter (@HalesBells99) January 28, 2017
— Morgan Andrews (@MorganEAndrews) January 31, 2017
Steve Kerr, whose father was assassinated by Hezbollah while he was president of the American University of Beirut, responds to #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/KZr39ivecG
— Omar Ghabra (@omarghabra) January 30, 2017
Always been proud of you Luol & I continue to stand for you and all refugees! Your voice& leadership, especially now is so prevalent?? https://t.co/I0zcpTOPVN
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) January 30, 2017
This is absurd and unacceptable. Please donate to help. Or please call a representative. I am in disbelief hearing these stories. https://t.co/2D5cZLGTcx
— Heather O’Reilly (@HeatherOReilly) January 28, 2017
I can’t even write what I want to, so I’ll just leave this… https://t.co/YU2ujL4Exx
— Ashlyn Harris (@Ashlyn_Harris) January 31, 2017
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