Editorial

American Soccer Star Carli Lloyd Explains Standing For The National Anthem

Carli Lloyd (Credit: Screenshot/Twitter Video https://twitter.com/mercash22/status/1351573785904893955)

David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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American soccer star Carli Lloyd had to explain why she chose to stand for the national anthem prior to a recent game.

During a Monday game against Colombia, seven of the 11 USWNT starters kneeled for the national anthem. Lloyd was one of the four players who stood, and that apparently required an explanation! (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Lloyd said the following in part about her decision to stand for the anthem prior to the against Colombia in a video tweeted by Meredith Cash:

I think the beauty of this team is that we stand behind each other, no matter what. And you know, players decided to kneel, some players decided to stand, and at the end of the day, we have each other’s backs, and ultimately, we’re here to support one another in any way that we can and that’s what’s amazing about this team.

You can watch her full comments below.

Obviously, Lloyd didn’t say much at all. She didn’t dive into specifics, but it’s just sad that we’re even at a point where standing for the anthem requires an explanation.

Shouldn’t standing be the default position? I guess standing for the anthem is now so divisive that it requires an explanation.

This is very similar to when Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard had to defend standing for the anthem during the summer.

It just makes no sense. As Americans, we should be proud to stand for the national anthem. Unfortunately, that seems a bit lost in the world of sports.

Lloyd did nothing wrong, and the idea she should explain standing to anyone is laughable.

H/T: Outkick