Megan Rapinoe has received widespread praise this week for her response to Draymond Green after he weighed in on gender pay gaps in sports.
The Golden State Warriors power forward faced backlash last month over a series of tweets he wrote about sexist pay disparities in sports...
In which he suggested that female athletes should be fixing the problem and focusing more on growing their sports and revenue.
This is what he wrote:
I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about the pay gap between women and men. Especially in sports. It’s not even close. But let’s stop allowing y’all complaints to fall on deaf ears due to numbers. As long as y’all make the argument about pay, while the revenue stays the same...— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 27, 2021
"I've been seeing a lot of talk about the pay gap between women and men. Especially in sports. It's not even close. But let's stop allowing y'all complaints to fall on deaf ears due to numbers. As long as y'all make the argument about pay, while the revenue stays the same..."
He went on to say that the revenue made from women's sports isn't high enough to match male athlete's salaries...
They will continue to point at the revenue not being high enough to cover bigger salaries. While that is true in damn near every business, how do we take that card out of their pockets? That’s the key to changing the pay. There’s no argument for lack of revenue, unless...— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 27, 2021
Before pointing out that "the NBA wasn't always the global game that it is today. It wasn't always driving as much revenue as it does today. But there were people behind it, building the platform, and more importantly telling INDIVIDUAL stories and building up the interest in the players."
He also encouraged women to take charge in ensuring that their stories are told...
While explaining why he's turned down opportunities to raise awareness himself.
He concluded by writing:
The business. Stop allowing them to yell women empowerment for the look. No company grows without funding. Y’all business can grow with the proper funding and story telling. Make these huge companies commit money to y’all cause. That’s empowering! Or don’t yell women empowerment— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 27, 2021
"The business. Stop allowing them to yell women empowerment for the look. No company grows without funding. Y'all business can grow with the proper funding and storytelling. Make these huge companies commit money to y'all cause. That's empowering! Or don't yell women empowerment."
Green doubled down on this stance in a subsequent interview, telling reporters:
"I'm really tired of seeing them complain about the lack of pay because they're doing themselves a disservice by just complaining. They're not laying out steps that they can take to change that."
Of course, it didn't take long for women to respond to his Twitter rant...
Let’s be careful not to place the responsibility to fix the problem of a patriarchal society’s apathetic view of women in sports on WOMEN. Just like we shouldn’t charge POC with fixing the issues associated racism. But certainly appreciate you watching and searching for solutions https://t.co/ZHGaFc7NSj— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) March 27, 2021
ESPN's Maria Taylor, who was a standout volleyball and basketball player in college at Georgia, appeared to take issue with this point, though she did thank Green for making an effort.
However, there's another sportswoman who isn't too impressed with Green's words...
U.S Soccer star, Megan Rapinoe.
Rapinoe, who is known already for her outspoken approach to gender equality, weighed in on Green's comments on Wednesday at a Team USA media event...
And people are loving what she had to say.
Queen has spoken!— Megan Reyes (@megreyes_) April 7, 2021
She’s so brave— Thure Hallgren (@ThureHall) April 7, 2021
-i just want to remind folks that Megan Rapinoe is amazing.— Hood Hippie the abolitionist (@jaedelasoul) February 22, 2021
Megan Rapinoe > Draymond Green— Tony M. (@Nemesis021) April 8, 2021
love her! she's so frustrated right now, and i don't blame her at all.— tess martin-fox (@girlzoo) April 8, 2021
Draymond Green should be ashamed 👎— KAREN GADSON (@KARENGADSON1) April 8, 2021
She’s great!— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) November 14, 2019
Speaking at the event, Rapinoe described Green's stance as "unfortunate", noting:
"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 a** in not understanding what we talk about the whole time."
"You don't think that we've asked for more [investment]?" Rapinoe added. "I mean, what are we screaming about nonstop?"
"When we talk about equality in women's sports, we always talk first about investment, and funding, and resources, and marketing, and branding," she concluded.
"And investing in not just the players but the support staff, and coaching, and media, TV media, print media, all of it."
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