The United States women’s national soccer team wants the U.S. Soccer Federation to repeal its requirement that players stand during the national anthem that it put in place after star player Megan Rapinoe began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial inequality. The reigning World Cup champions also want the USSF to publicly say the policy was wrong and apologize to the team’s black players and supporters.
An attorney’s for the men’s national team’s union also called for a repeal of the policy and an apology.
Seven current and former black NHL players formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance on Monday. They stated their mission is to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey. The group includes star names like the San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane, the Detroit Red Wings’ and former Pittsburgh Penguin Trevor Daley, the Buffalo Sabres’ Wayne Simmonds, and recently retired Joel Ward. The Hockey Diversity Alliance will be independent of the NHL, but hopes to work with it to promote diversity and inclusion.