U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe fired back at Golden State Warriors striker Draymond Green on Wednesday after the NBA player said he was “tired” of complaints about equal pay.
Green made his thoughts known last week as American female soccer players are fighting for the same compensation that US Soccer gives the men’s team – despite the clear difference in recognitions.
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“I’m really tired of seeing them complain about the lack of pay because they are doing themselves a disservice by just complaining … They are. They are not taking steps that they can take to change that,”
“So it comes out as a complaint because the people who can change it, they just want to keep saying, ‘Well, the revenue is not there. The revenue is not there. So if you do not bring in the income, we can not raise your salary. ‘They will continue to use it, but the reality is, as true as it is, it’s an excuse. “
Rapinoe, who has spearheaded the fight for equal pay, reacted sharply.
“You do not think we have asked for more? I mean, what are we screaming directly?” she asked during a Team USA media event, according to Yahoo Sports.
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“When we talk about gender equality in women’s sports, we always talk first about investing, financing and resources and marketing and branding. And investing in not just the players but the support staff and coaching and media, TV media, print media, everything.
“Those are the things we talk about first. And I think anyone who follows us or follows us or really has skin in the game in equal pay or equality in that sense knows that this is what we first “And in the end, we understand that if all these things are done, then we will probably demand a much higher salary than we know.”
Rapinoe also questioned Green’s original set of tweets on March 27, when he instructed female athletes to force the companies they are involved in to tell their stories and help grow their platforms. Green urged female athletes to specifically call companies out.
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In response, Rapinoe said: “Obviously you showed all your a * s, not even understanding what we’re all talking about all the time, whether it’s WNBA players or us here on the national team. So it was frustrating . “
She added that she hopes Green can be more educated in his views in the fight for equal pay.