Abby Wambach: 'The powerful need to impose fear to stay in control'

The world’s leading international goalscorer talks to Matthew Hall about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, civil rights and whether she would have knelt for the anthem

Wolfpack, Abby Wambach’s new book, is subtitled “How to Come Together, Unleash our Power, and Change the Game” so with that in mind let’s get this over quickly: the leading all-time international goalscorer (men or women), two-time Olympic gold medalist, World Cup winner, and co-captain of the US women’s national team, would have taken a knee.

Wambach retired from playing in 2015 and just missed former teammate Megan Rapinoe’s protest the following year in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Had she still been wearing the United States women’s team shirt, Wambach says she’d have joined Rapinoe, the first white professional athlete to kneel during the national anthem. Wambach acknowledges the complexities of celebrity protest but also the power her status in world soccer gives her. She sees activism by high-profile athletes in recent years as the grandchild of civil rights actions that took place during the 1960s across the United States.

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Source: Football News
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