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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



Carli Lloyd

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


  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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Afghan Journalists Release Photos After Being Severely Beaten by Taliban for Covering Women’s Protest




Two Afghan journalists, photographer Nematullah Naqdi and reporter Taqi Daryabi were severely beaten by the Taliban for reporting on a women’s protest in Kabul. The two were battered after being beaten with batons, electric cables and whips. The beating occurred after being detained for several hours by Taliban fighters a day earlier.

The two men, who work for Afghan’s media outlet Etilaat Roz, released photos of their bruised bodies once back in their Kabul office, after being released from Taliban custody. Naqdi told Agence France-Presse “One of the Taliban put his foot on my head, crushed my face against the concrete. They kicked me in the head…I thought they were going to kill me.”

Daryabi added “we were in so much pain that we couldn’t move.” Naqdi said he was told “you are lucky you weren’t beheaded” when asked why they were being beaten. When covering a protest on Wednesday outside a Kabul police station calling for an end to Taliban violations of women and girls, Naqdi said a Taliban fighter immediately tried to grab his camera when he began taking photos.


The Taliban were also rounding up anyone filming or taking photos of the demonstration, added Naqdi. The two say they were taken to a nearby police station where the beatings took place, only to be released after several hours.


The New York Post reports dozens of Afghan reporters have been beaten or accosted in recent weeks since the Taliban has recovered control of Afghanistan. The Taliban, however, claims that they will uphold press freedoms under their new regime. As has been proven time and time again, not much faith, if any, can be placed into anything the Taliban says or promises.

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Raw Footage from Marine’s Helmet GoPro Shows ‘Two Straight Weeks of Worsening Conditions’ in Kabul




The Blaze got ahold of raw video taken from a Marine’s GoPro which shows the true chaos endured by those in Kabul as U.S. evacuations took place at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Marine Cpl. Mike Markland strung together the video clips from his helmet’s GoPro camera. The footage “captured the grittiness and desperation of the hurried evacuation” and reveals “two straight weeks of worsening conditions” on the ground, as seen from the viewpoint of the Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

The  7-minute video has been saved on a YouTube page and shows U.S. service members disabling American military equipment and vehicles. It also shows stacks of AK-47s, PK machine guns, M-16s, and other weapons likely abandoned by the Afghan military after the country collapsed. The end of the video pays tribute to the 13 U.S. service members who died in the suicide bombing in Kabul.

Markland originally posted the video to his Instagram account, but it has since been deleted. The Blaze reports Task & Purpose published the video, as well as Markland’s comments on social media before the video, had been removed.

“I hope this answers questions but also provokes you to ask more,” Markland captioned the since-deleted Instagram video. “To my brothers and sisters who were there I made this for you and your family. When you have the lack of ability to explain all that happened in those two weeks, show them this. Stand tall and wear the last two weeks on your chest.”

“I haven’t found a way to explain it with any words I know,” the Marine admitted.

“Many of us joined because we liked fighting and were good with adversity and conflict,” Markland reportedly wrote. “Two weeks in Kabul at HKIA put all of that to the test. I can’t say enough how proud I am of the Marines I serve with.”

“Odds were stacked against us. Circumstances undeniably out of our control, but we never let it deter our tenacious approach towards our mission at hand. Adversity and challenges happened 24/7,” Markland said.

The Marine noted that “almost all had no predesignated plan.”

“We did our absolute best and remained stoic through the sleepless nights and round-the-clock work with minimal food and water,” he continued. “Staying up for two or more days straight at a time grinding but remaining intensely vigilant.”

The Blaze writes of the footage, “Markland’s video paints a far more shambolic Kabul exit than the sanitized photos and videos provided by the Department of Defense.”

The Blaze continues and details the footage:

The Afghans are densely packed into small areas with barbed wire fences at the borders of the holding area outside the Kabul airport. Marines shoot crowd munitions to attempt to calm the frantic masses. When crowd munitions aren’t effective, Marines are seen firing off warning shots from their firearms in an attempt to control the large crowds.

Babies are seen being handed to the Marines for safety. Lacking medical equipment, wounded people are taken to get treatment on a ladder. Men and women are seen bursting into tears. In one clip, a man in civilian clothes bashes another person with the stock of his AK-47.

Despite the sheer inhumanity of the bedlam, there are moments of hopeful humanity as Marines give fist bumps to smiling Afghans.

Marines bond in a circle as the song “Halftime” by Nas blares in the background. They pass around the camera, make silly faces, throw a pineapple at each other, and enjoy friendly bicycle races.

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