Top quotes from Megan Rapinoe's speech (no, she's not running for president)
Was Megan Rapinoe, of the purple-now-pink hair and fierce penalty kick … tipsy?
Oh yes, on Veuve Clicquot ... and drunk on Sunday’s World Cup final win, which added a fourth star to the U.S. Women’s soccer jerseys.
(You know that Rapinoe plays for the Seattle Reign FC, right? And that she lives in Seattle? And that her girlfriend is Sue Bird? ALSO READ THIS ESSAY.)
Rapinoe’s speech in New York City on Monday morning had crowds cheering her … and booing Carlos Cardeiro, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
After he spoke, the crowd started chanting, “Equal pay,” a reference to the glaring wage gap between male and female soccer players in the U.S.
ICYMI, here are four fave Rapinoe quotes from that speech:
Thanks for the nomination but she’s busy …
"It's my absolute honor to lead this team out on the field. There's no other place that I'd rather be, even in the presidential race.
"(I'm busy, I'm sorry.)"
On Carlos Cardeiro …
"Imma stick my neck out there a little bit, I'm gonna endorse Carlos.
“I think he's with us, I think he's on the right side of things, I think he's gonna make things right.
“He's proven every day since he's been in office for us that he's with us. He was with us every single day of the World Cup. Not only from just a personal standpoint how much that means to us but just from an outlook standpoint, all the eyes looking in, this man was there.
"He was in the tunnel every single game, he was celebrating every single game. We appreciate that. Thank you. “We look forward to holding those feet to the fire."
On chillin’ and tea sippin’ …
"There's nothing, nothing that can phase this group. We're chillin'. We've got tea sippin. We've got celebrations.
"We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We've got white girls and black girls and everything in between. We've got straight girls and gay girls … HEYYY!
And her parting words ...
"This is my charge to everyone here. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We've gotta listen more and talk less. We've gotta know that this is everybody's responsibility."
(Watch the speech below. It's a quick 6 minutes.)