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Megan Rapinoe, others backing Alabama soccer team after protesting backlash at season opener

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Several players on the Alabama women’s soccer team kneeled during the national anthem ahead of their season opener against Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. 

While the move is similar to one countless athletes and teams across the sports and has become an extremely popular way to protest social and racial injustices throughout the United States, some Alabama fans didn’t take well to the players’ decisions. 

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Crimson Tide junior Taylor Morgan was one of several players who kneeled, and issued a statement about that decision on Twitter after the 3-1 wn. 

Both teams stood together before the game in a joint show of force while holding red, “Show The Red Card To Racism” signs. Both teams had players kneel during the anthem, too. 

Taylor and her teammates had received “hateful” comments from fans after the game, she said, but kneeling and protesting was “one of the easiest decisions that I’ve ever had to make.”

“By taking a knee alongside the number of athletes that have done this across the country, I am committing to help with us being the change for the future generations of this team, this athletic program, and this country,” Morgan wrote, in part. “I will use my platform that I have worked hard to earn, in a way that will be seen and heard. 

“I am Black, but I am mixed. I recognize my privilege and will use it to support those who lack it.”

Taylor received plenty of support from others in the soccer world soon after posting her statement too, including from U.S. Women’s National Team players Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe.

“Our message to the team was, ‘You are adults, and if you have a personal opinion, we support your right to express it,’” Alabama coach Wes Hart said after the win, via the Tuscaloosa News. “I didn’t try to make too much out of it, and my approach will be to continue to go forward with mutual respect and love for each other.”

Several members of the Alabama and Tennessee soccer teams kneeled during the national anthem in protest on Saturday, something that drew criticism in Tuscaloosa. (Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

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