American football icon Megan Rapinoe hit back at Draymond Green on Wednesday after the Golden State Warriors star suggested that female athletes stop “complaining” about the gender pay gap.
In an interview last week and social media posts last month, NBA star Green suggested that female athletes were partly responsible for income inequality by not doing enough to promote their sports.
It followed a controversy over the disparity in resources available to male and female college basketball players in recent National Collegiate Athletic Association competitions.
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“I’m really tired of them complaining about the lack of pay because they’re doing themselves a disservice by just complaining,” Green said.
“They don’t describe the steps they can take to change that.”
However, Green’s remarks were brief on Wednesday by Rapinoe, a key member of the 2015 and 2019 World Cup-winning US teams who has been a vocal supporter of the team’s calls for equal pay.
Rapinoe, who was tagged by Green in one of his Twitter posts on the subject, said the basketball star’s comments were “disappointing.”
“It’s a shame that in the position he’s in, to have all the resources he has and the ability to have a much more informed opinion than he just doesn’t have,” Rapinoe said during ‘a media event for members of the 2021 US Olympics. team.
“Really frustrating. Obviously, he kind of showed his enthusiasm by not understanding what we are talking about all the time.
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Rapinoe said the fight for equality can only be achieved with broad support across society from all groups.
“We know this about all social movements and all marginalized people, whether by race or by gender, by religion – it is not just their job to fight oppression,” she said. .
“We need everyone too.
“So having someone who knows what it’s like to be downtrodden to get a grip on the players is really disappointing.
“I know a lot of amazing people in the Warriors organization who I’m sure would be very happy to sit down with him. Hope the education comes because it was really disappointing.
“From someone with such a big platform, it’s just not acceptable.