United States Soccer Women's National Team co-Captain Megan Rapinoe recently called out NBA star Draymond Green for his tweets regarding the pay gap between men and women sports players.
This isn't the first time Green has been under fire for talking about gender inequities.
The beginning of the back and fourth between Rapinoe and Green started with a series of tweets back in March.
To all my Lady hoopers out there, I want to share some of my thoughts. @DianaTaurasi @Candace_Parker… https://t.co/Y0M5AlPXYi— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871024.0
I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about the pay gap between women and men. Especially in sports. It’s not even close.… https://t.co/gpD5rD3nV3— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871115.0
They will continue to point at the revenue not being high enough to cover bigger salaries. While that is true in da… https://t.co/myIAQzIkkZ— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871207.0
You make those that say they stand for women actually stand up. The NBA wasn’t always the global game that it is to… https://t.co/INvpFv0cs0— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871314.0
stories and building up the interest in the players. That’s how the game took off. Who’s building up y’all platform… https://t.co/0j5yCbbA3r— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871381.0
Some may think it’s global because all the women go to overseas and play during the year, but the global response i… https://t.co/jG87LbpeUU— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871446.0
I’ve been asked to do so many PSAs this month on women empowerment. I said no. It’s hypocritical. Because these sam… https://t.co/OYWWCm69Nd— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871541.0
The business. Stop allowing them to yell women empowerment for the look. No company grows without funding. Y’all b… https://t.co/v7AAKjU5NM— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616871726.0
Break the mold and change the game! Most importantly, change the BUSINESS. Call on these companies for support, af… https://t.co/bpUOl7dj0U— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green)1616872089.0
Many women and athletes spoke out against these tweets in the comments and in retweets.
Most prominently was Megan Rapinoe.
Respectfully, do you really think we haven’t been out here asking for more investment more resources more storytell… https://t.co/6pJs302StT— Megan Rapinoe (@Megan Rapinoe)1616872206.0
Also when they call you about doing a PSA for Women’s Month, why don’t you also tell them alllllllll the things we… https://t.co/h1GpLK430F— Megan Rapinoe (@Megan Rapinoe)1616872278.0
Rapinoe called out the privilege Green holds as a man in sports.
She cited he could have used his privilege to amplify their demands to the people that hold the power to make changes.
Just like with fights around all other social issues, change cannot be made if the only people who care about the c… https://t.co/yPfyGcm7eD— Megan Rapinoe (@Megan Rapinoe)1616872536.0
After her popular Twitter thread, Rapinoe had another chance to speak on Green's 'uneducated' take in an interview at the Team USA media event last Wednesday.
"It's really unfortunate that in the position he's in, having all the resources that he has and the ability to have a much more educated opinion, that he just hasn't."
"Really frustrating. Obviously, he just kind of showed his whole *ss in not understanding what we talk about the whole time."
She continued by encouraging him to look at the broader social issues that women face.
"When we talk about equality in women's sports, we always talk first about investment, and funding, 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, all of it."
Rapinoe ended by reiterating her final tweet that women's sports needs allies who are not suffering under the same oppressive disparages, just like every other social issue.
In a Sports Illustrated interview, Staff Writer Wilton Jackson weighed in on Draymond Green's tweets and supported Rapinoe:
I was brought up with the advice given that if you don't have anything valid to say then you shouldn't really say anything at all.
And when I think of Draymond's arguments it makes you wonder has he been hiding in a dark basement over the last couple years or not watching what's been going on in the world.
"It's going to take pushing the envelope, like you know some people did for the NCAA tournament."
"And to get other women get other people to see that women are definitely aa valuable as athletes as men are."
This is not the first time that Megan Rapinoe has spoken out on inequities. She's made her voice loud and clear anti-trans bills that target trans girls and women in sports.
U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe on Alex Morgan's tea cup celebration: "I think I might have been upstaged. That was next… https://t.co/Jql5XEZvAu— Davidde Corran (@Davidde Corran)1562172311.0
All eyes will be on Megan Rapinoe to see what she does next.