WNBA star Sue Bird on Tuesday blasted President Trump’s criticism of her girlfriend, U.S. women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe.
“It would take the President of the United States going on a hate-filled Twitter spree trolling my girlfriend while she was putting American soccer, women’s sports, equal pay, gay pride and TRUE LOVE on her back, all at once, scoring two majestic goals to lead Team USA to a thrilling victory over France and a place in the World Cup SEMIFINALS, for me to ever even think about writing again,” Bird wrote in the Player’s Tribune.
“But I’m a woman of my word. So here I am.”
Rapinoe became the subject of scorn from Trump last week after a video was released of her saying she’s “not going to the f—ing White House” if the U.S. women’s national team wins the World Cup.
Trump responded in a tweet, saying that he is a “big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer” but “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”
Rapinoe, who later said she stood by her comments, and the team will instead likely visit Congress after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) extended an invite.
Bird noted that her team, the Seattle Storm, decided after winning the 2018 WNBA title that they would not go to “the (f*cking) White House.”
She added that many others have piled on Rapinoe after Trump’s comments.
“And you’ve got all these crazy blogs writing terrible things about this person you care so much about,” Bird wrote. “And now they’re doing takedowns of Megan on Fox News, and who knows whatever else. It’s like an out-of-body experience, really — that’s how I’d describe it. That’s how it was for me.”
“But then Megan, man….. I’ll tell you what. You just cannot shake that girl. She’s going to do her thing, at her own damn speed, to her own damn rhythm, and she’s going to apologize to exactly NO ONE for it. So when all the Trump business started to go down last week, I mean — the fact that Megan just seemed completely unfazed? It’s strange to say, but that was probably the only normal thing about it.”