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Carli Lloyd Only American Soccer Player to Stand as Teammates Kneel Before Bronze Medal Match

Lloyd single-handedly won two final matches for US Women’s Soccer

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The United States women’s soccer team has received a reputation for its ‘woke’ behavior. From kneeling for the national anthem to a very public fight about difference in pay from the men’s soccer team, to throwing an American flag on the ground before a photo op, the team doesn’t generally seem too proud to represent the U.S. of A.

Their streak of resistance continued when only one player out of the whole team and staff stood before the team played Australia in the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. “U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd stunned fans on Thursday as it appeared she was the only American player standing before the team’s match,” writes Fox News.

“It appeared the rest of her teammates decided to kneel as a protest against racism and discrimination before the bronze-medal match against Australia.” Lloyd stood next to the referee of the match and the entire Australian soccer team stood in unity, whereas the American team knelt spread throughout the field.

One Twitter user posted a photograph with a large red arrow pointing to Lloyd standing before the match. “ALL the USWNT players and staff knelt. All except Cali Lloyd. To say Lloyd is a ‘somebody’ on the team is an understatement. Also surprised to see Australia didn’t kneel and are actually standing in solidarity opposite the U.S. Not sure what’s going on here. But interesting.”

Lloyd scored just as the first half of the game was ending and then again soon after the second half began. “She became the first U.S. women’s soccer player to score in four different Olympics. It was the 10th Olympic goal for Lloyd, breaking a record previously held by Abby Wambach” reports Fox News. Lloyd certainly had a lot to stand proudly for.

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  1. Dan DAmico

    August 6, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    She’s the only true AMERICAN THE REST OF THE TEAM IS SCUM ALONG WITH THE COACHES THAT’S WHY I DIDNT WATCH AND DONT SUPPORT THEM ANYMORE

  2. Mark David Batinich

    August 6, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    They should be stripped of any medals they win

  3. Montie Craddock

    August 7, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Don’t expect much from such a lot of hateful , spiteful , butch females .

  4. Slideglide

    August 7, 2021 at 9:45 am

    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸♥️♥️♥️🌎🌎🍓🤪

    Our Freedoms have a cost, paid by Patriots, to subsidize “useful idiots”.

  5. Celia

    August 7, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    These women don’t deserve to represent the USA. Hope they fail at everything they do

  6. Mary

    August 7, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    God bless Carli Lloyd. She won the bronze for the other team idiots. They are an embarrassment. I’m glad they did not win the gold or silver.

  7. Sideglide

    August 9, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Cali Lloyd’s respect for our Country demonstrates the will of the American Spirit.

    This is the struggle Americans have faced since the inception of our Nation.

    A minority in numbers, but a majority of Patriotism.

  8. Mr. Nobody - Tony Verreos

    August 12, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    First of all – these are just sports entertainment, nothing more. The biggest significance is in the talents of the athletes and the teamwork required to win. The medal counts are nothing but a vicarious ego trip for non-participants.

    Respect for each nation’s flag and anthem is a very basic level of common courtesy that costs nothing. Similarly, those who choose to use the flag and anthem as a protest statement mat have a right to do so if not prohibited by the USOC, but it is still likely to offend more people than it pleases. Of all protests, kneeling is the least offensive.

    My preference is the USOC use a contract with all athletes that specifies when, where, and how they can or cannot protest while participating in any Olympic events wearing their official clothes or uniforms with a clear penalty clause of violators are off the team, and get sent home.

    That being said, for anyone to wish the team to fail, for individual athletes to fail, or any other negative comments is mean and seems very un-patriotic in itself. America is about building people up, not about tearing people down. Free speech is a hard concept for many, but a very valuable one.

    Also while I thought many of the announcers were not very good, failed to teach us about rules for sports we know very little about, and there was a lot of dead time chit chat, the actual events where as great as they always have been. The camera work could have been much better. The vast majority of US athletes expressed their personal pride and honor at representing the USA, and that was not a shock – still great to hear. If you skipped it out of protest, the loss is yours.

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China Warns Olympic Athletes Could Face Serious Consequences if they Speak Publicly on Human Rights

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The 2022 Winter Olympic Games are prepared to begin February 4th in Beijing, but not without consequences. Chinese officials have issued a “warning” to all foreign athletes that they are “subject to certain punishment” if they speak “against the Olympic spirit.”

That “Olympic spirit” means politically speaking out about China. “Any behavior or speech that is against the Olympic spirit, especially against Chinese laws and regulations, are also subject to certain punishment,” said Yan Shu, deputy director-general of international relations for the Beijing Organizing Committee (BOC).

National Review notes the Chinese Party’s suppression of speech is well known and many are concerned with consequences and punishments for political speech because of strict local laws. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said the Olympic Charter Rule banning protesting at medal ceremonies would force athletes to follow “applicable public law.”

The Associated Press reports according to the IOC athletes can “enjoy freedom of speech” when speaking to journalists or posting to social media during the games. However, the committee expressed any measures that would protect athletes from Chinese persecution.

CBS Sports reports Global Athlete Group director general Rob Koehler suggested Olympians could suffer severe consequences if they criticize China, especially while in the country itself. “Silence is complicity and that’s why we have concerns,” said Koehler. “We know the human rights record and the allowance of freedom of expression in China, so there’s really not much protection” he added.

Last month White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the U.S. government delegation planned to boycott the Olympic Games over the Chinese government’s human rights abuses, including the presumed detention of tennis star Peng Shuai.

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses. The athletes on team USA have our full support. We will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games,” Psaki said.

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Psaki Warns Russia Could ‘At Any Point Launch An Attack In Ukraine’

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On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki warned that tensions between Russia and Ukraine have grown to the point where “we are now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.”

Psaki made the comments in response to a reporter asking about Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveling to Europe to meet with top Russian officials.

“This morning, Secretary Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. They agreed to meet in Geneva as you noted. At that meeting, Secretary Blinken will urge Russia to take immediate steps to de-escalate,” Psaki said. “He will also fly to Kiev to consult with President Zelensky and Ukraine’s leaders and to Germany for consultations. As you also know, there is a congressional delegation that is also on their way there. And it’s a note, I would note that that just indicates that support for Ukraine has always been a bipartisan issue, and we welcome that.”

“But where things stand right now, President Putin has created this crisis by amassing 100,000 Russian troops along Ukraine’s borders.

This includes moving Russian forces into Belarus recently for joint exercises and conducting additional exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border,” she continued. “So, let’s be clear, our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We are now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.”

Psaki said that Blinken will push for a diplomatic way forward to de-escalate the situation and that if Russia invades then they “are going to suffer severe economic consequences.”

Russia has been behaving more aggressively in recent months as it has moved military forces to Latin America and might relocate nuclear weapons near the United States coastline.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “wants to extend Russia’s sphere of influence to Eastern Europe and secure written commitments that NATO will never again enlarge,” The New York Times reported. “If he is frustrated in reaching that goal, some of his aides suggested on the sidelines of the negotiations last week, then he would pursue Russia’s security interests with results that would be felt acutely in Europe and the United States.”

“There were hints, never quite spelled out, that nuclear weapons could be shifted to places — perhaps not far from the United States coastline — that would reduce warning times after a launch to as little as five minutes, potentially igniting a confrontation with echoes of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis,” The Times added.

“The current crisis was touched off by the Kremlin’s release of a series of demands that, if the U.S. and its allies agreed, would effectively restore Russia’s sphere of influence close to Soviet-era lines, before NATO expanded into Eastern Europe. It has also demanded that all U.S. nuclear weapons be withdrawn from Europe, saying it felt threatened by their presence — though the types and locations of those weapons haven’t changed in years. And it wants a stop to all Western troop rotations through former Warsaw Pact states that have since joined NATO.”

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