The Untold Truth Of Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe

The Untold Truth Of Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe


Megan Rapinoe was the talk of the 2019 Women’s
World Cup in France and not just for her dominant play on the field. She’s made headlines for her outspoken nature
and colorful personality, and people can’t get enough of her. For those fans, here’s the untold truth of
Megan Rapinoe. Believe it or not, the liberal and outspoken
Megan Rapinoe was raised in an extremely conservative part of northern California. She comes from a large Christian family and
just so happened to grow up across the street from a church in Palo Cedro, California, as
reported by Yahoo! Sports. She’s the youngest of six, but only by about
11 minutes. According to ESPN, their brother Brian introduced
the twins to the sport of soccer when they were 4 years old and would regularly play
with them on the field across from the church. Because Megan and Rachael were hooked on the
sport by a young age, their mother, Denise, signed them up for soccer when they were five
years old. “I mean I think I always loved playing it. I started playing when I was five, or probably
before that. Just in the backyard.” Denise also got them involved in community
service as well, as noted by Sports Illustrated. They volunteered at their church, at homeless
shelters, and at food banks. Long before she was a World Cup champion,
Megan Rapinoe was losing youth soccer games. Lots of them. Rapinoe wrote in a Q&A for The Players Tribune: “My teams lost all the time when I was growing
up. […] My teams didn’t start winning until
I was midway through high school.” Did that keep her from succeeding in the sport? Obviously not, which is why she wants people
to not take youth soccer so seriously. “Alright, let’s break someone’s clavicle on
three. One, two, three. Break someone’s clavicle. Hit the field. Let’s go.” Rapinoe recommends that parents not try to
map out their kid’s path to the pros. She explained: “That element of ‘just play’ is really missing,
I think. Our mom and dad were never pushy. It was always up to [my sister] Rach and I
whether we wanted to play or not.” It’s hard to argue with that approach. The results speak for themselves. Megan Rapinoe never really hid her sexuality. She had been out to friends and family for
years, but she’d never revealed she was gay publicly until an interview with Out in 2012. Her reasoning for coming out publicly? She explained: “I feel everyone is really craving [for] people
to come out. People want they need to see that there are
people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.” It was former teammate Lori Lindsey who encouraged
her to come out publicly on the flight back from the 2011 World Cup. Rapinoe told the New York Times: “I had become more vocal for gay marriage
and gay rights on social media, and at some point it just felt a little inauthentic. Lori said it and it was like one of those
moments where I was like, ‘You know, you’re right.'” Rapinoe’s parents were concerned about the
backlash, but she said the announcement had the opposite effect. Rapinoe told Yahoo! Sports that people have told her she, quote,
“gave them the push or the confidence that they needed to be themselves, or tell their
families [they’re gay], or come out.” “This whole process of coming out, it’s just
been one affirmation after another.” Megan Rapinoe and her twin sister, Rachael,
are close so close that they opted to attend the University of Portland together. They both played for the school’s soccer team,
winning the 2005 national championship together, and both played professionally, though Rachael’s
pro career was short-lived. It was during their sophomore year at Portland
that they would discover they had something else in common. The two sisters had a heart-to-heart conversation
and came out to each other. Rachael told The New York Times: “It was just a matter of one of us saying
it first. That was really it. I had been dating someone and one of us said
it first. It was a ripple effect. We both kind of came to the realization that
we’re in this together.” The sisters later co-founded their Rapinoe
brand, which describes itself as both a soccer and performance training business and a lifestyle
apparel business. The brand advocates for LGBTQ organization
GLSEN, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and the Human Rights Campaign, among others. Megan Rapinoe got close with fellow soccer
player Sarah Walsh in 2009 while playing in the now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer
league, as noted by The New York Times. A long-distance relationship ensued, which
became an even longer long-distance relationship when Walsh moved back to her native Australia
two years later. Rapinoe said long-distance romances are sort
of common in professional sports, so they didn’t feel like their relationship was all
that out of the norm. She told Us Weekly in 2012: “Most people who are in a relationship on
our team, it’s basically long distance because we’re gone so much.” Walsh spoke just as highly of Rapinoe in an
interview with The New York Times in 2013. She said, “We make fun of each other a lot and one of
the things I love about her is that she can make fun of herself. People are drawn to her.” The pair, however, would end up calling it
quits that same year, according to the New York Post. Following in the footsteps of former NFL star
Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest
injustice and inequality. She told Yahoo! Sports that Kaepernick inspired her, quote,
“to actually think about these things” and made her feel like she had no choice but to
take a knee. The backlash was immediate. Registration for her training clinic dipped,
as did apparel sales on her website. Rapinoe took a ton of heat on social media,
and it got so bad that, for the following game, she had two police officers assigned
to her as a precaution. She said: “It wasn’t easy for me. But it shouldn’t be. […] This is what it’s going to take for
things to change, norms to change, conventions to change.” Megan Rapinoe no longer kneels during the
national anthem, but that doesn’t mean she fully participates in the pre-game tradition. She now stands alongside her teammates as
the song plays, refusing to sing along or, as is tradition, cover her heart with her
hand. Rapinoe told Yahoo! Sports that the anthem has become a somber
moment for her and described her new approach to it as a, quote, “peaceful protest.” And it doesn’t sound like she will go back
to singing along or putting her hand over her heart until significant changes are made. She said: “It would take a lot. It would take criminal justice reform. It would take the huge inequality gap that
we have to be much better. It would take a lot of progress in LGBTQ rights. We just have such a disparity in this country
in so many different ways, inequality in so many different ways.” Megan Rapinoe wasn’t the only one feeling
the backlash due to her kneeling during the national anthem. Her mother told Yahoo! Sports she felt the heat as well in her conservative
county, which strongly disapproved of her famous daughter’s gesture. People reportedly called her home constantly. Some even confronted her at the restaurant
where she worked for three decades, which had pictures of her daughter hanging on the
walls until the restaurant took them down. Her mother says they come from a, quote, “very
patriotic family.” Rapinoe’s mother and father were upset about
the way their daughter protested, but not her reason for protesting. There was probably a lot on Megan Rapinoe’s
mind after winning the 2019 World Cup, but she still remembered to wish her brother Brian
a happy birthday during a post-game interview. As much as Brian probably would have liked
to have been at the match, he couldn’t because he was in a Male Community Reentry Program. Brian has been in and out of incarceration
ever since age 15, according to ESPN. Over the years, he’s been charged with car
theft, a hit-and-run, and three assaults while in jail, among other crimes. While in prison, he joined a gang and was
inked with racist tattoos. But Rapinoe never gave up on him. She said: “My brother is special. He has so much to offer. It would be such a shame if he left this world
with nothing but prison sentences behind him.” Brian has since had the disturbing tattoos
removed or covered and, as of 2019, has claimed he’s been clean for 18 months. The summer of 2015 was an eventful one for
Megan Rapinoe. She followed up her team’s 2015 World Cup
victory by proposing to her girlfriend Sera Cahoone the following month. Rapinoe announced the engagement to the former
Band of Horses member in a since-deleted Instagram post. Fast forward to 2016. Curve asked Rapinoe about wedding plans, to
which she responded: “Well, we put them on pause because we started
planning and everything and — that s— is stressful. […] We decided to take a break for a little
bit, but we’re enjoying being engaged, and we’re taking full advantage of that.” The following year it was revealed those plans
were no longer on pause, but were instead apparently canceled. WNBA star Sue Bird came out in an article
with espn W in 2017, but that wasn’t the only nugget she dropped about her personal life
in the story. She also revealed that she had been dating
Megan Rapinoe since the fall of 2016. Both Bird and Rapinoe were playing in Seattle
at the time and had hit it off at a 2016 Rio Olympics event. Rapinoe told the Seattle Times: “It was kinda like, ‘OK, we both live in Seattle,
we should be friends. Why aren’t we friends?'” A relationship developed after that, in part
due to their similar backgrounds. Rapinoe told espn W: “We have a lot in common and just sort of
clicked. I joke she is my No. 1 go-to-for-advice person. She’s just so level-headed.” The United States was up comfortably against
Japan at halftime of the 2015 World Cup final, but you wouldn’t know the score was 4 to 1
from the mood in the U.S. locker room, according to Sue Bird’s op-ed in The Players Tribune. She said Megan Rapinoe told her the team was
going over miscues from the first half and talking strategy for the second half. Bird said Rapinoe was doing her best to put
on her game face just like her teammates, but she couldn’t, quote, “deal with the ceremony
of it all.” Her excitement eventually got the best of
her and led her to scream in front of the team what everybody else was thinking: “WE’RE GONNA WIN THE WORLD CUP. WE’RE GONNA WIN THE WORLD CUP!” And just like Rapinoe colorfully predicted,
the U.S. did exactly that, winning the match 5 to 2. This wasn’t the last time the U.S. women’s
team made headlines for celebrating, but in soccer, that’s just what you do. The first thing you probably notice when looking
at Megan Rapinoe is her hair. It’s short and usually bleached blond. But Rapinoe can’t take all the credit for
the look. She admitted in an interview with Out that
she somewhat stole the hairstyle from another short-haired celebrity: “I’m totally obsessed with Tilda Swinton. She has this strange, beautiful sexiness about
her. I love everything she does. And I love her hair. It was a little bit of an inspiration for
mine.” Rapinoe altered her look for the 2019 World
Cup, opting for pinkish purple hair, much to the dismay of girlfriend Sue Bird. At least one person seems to have really liked
the pinkish purple hairdo. During the World Cup quarterfinals, actor
Zac Efron tweeted, “I’m dying my hair purple.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more List videos about your favorite
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