U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe shot and shot Golden State Warriors striker Draymond Green on Wednesday after an NBA player said he was “tired” of equal pay complaints.
Green made his thoughts known last week as American women’s soccer players battled for the same compensation that American football gives to the men’s team – despite the apparent difference in distinctions.
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“I’m really tired of complaining about the lack of pay because they’re doing themselves a disservice by just complaining … They are. They’re not outlining the steps they can take to change that,”
“So this comes out as a complaint, because the people who can change it, they’re just going to keep saying, ‘Well, the revenue isn’t there.’ Revenue is not there. So if you do not bring in revenue we can not increase your salary. ‘They will continue to use this, but the reality is, as true as it is, it’s an excuse. “
Rapinoe, who was at the forefront of the fight for equal pay, answered sharply.
“Don’t you think we’ve asked for more? I mean, what are we shouting about nonstop?” she asked during a Team USA media event, according to Yahoo Sports.
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“When we talk about equality in women’s sport, we always talk first about investment, and funding, and resources, and marketing, and branding. And investing not only in players, but also support staff, and coaching, and the media, television, print , all this.
“These are the things we talk about first. And I think anyone who watches us, or follows us, or really has skin in the game at equal pay or equality in that sense, knows that we’re talking about it first. In the end, we understand that if all these things are done, then yes, we will probably demand a much higher salary than we are. “
On March 27, Rapinoe challenged Green’s initial set of tweets when he forced female athletes to force the companies they were involved with to tell their stories and help grow their platforms. Green urged the athletes to call specific companies.
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In response, Rapinoe said, “Obviously you’ve somehow shown all your *, you don’t even understand what we’re all talking about all the time, whether it’s the WNBA players or us here on the national team. So it was disappointing.”
She added that she hopes Green will be more educated about her views in the fight for equal pay.