The Fox Sports analyst voiced his opinion tonight.
U.S. Soccer has a new policy on the national anthem, requiring players to “stand respectively” while the Star Spangled Banner is played.
This comes after U.S. Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe took a knee, akin to Colin Kaepernick, while the anthem played before a contest last fall.
Here’s the new policy.
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) March 4, 2017
The policy was revealed on Saturday at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting.
Sunil Gulati, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, said that any violations of the policy will be addressed, but it’s unclear what exact consequences there are.
Tonight, Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas – a U.S. Soccer alum – voiced his opinion on the matter.
He defended it.
Here’s his statement:
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 6, 2017
Lalas’ statement has caused quite the stir on Twitter.
Grant Wahl, a veteran U.S. Soccer reporter for Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports 1, disagreed with him.
“Patriots can protest,” he tweeted.
Love @AlexiLalas. But in our imaginary soccer debate show, I would have come back strong at him on his anthem take. Patriots can protest.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 6, 2017
You can view more responses to Lalas’ statement here.