'Unacceptable': Megan Rapinoe slams gender pay dig from NBA star

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Megan Rapinoe (pictured left) speaking at the White House and Draymond Green (pictured right) smiling during an NBA game.
Megan Rapinoe (pictured left) has taken a swipe at Draymond Green (pictured right) for his comments on the gender pay gap. (Getty Images)

US football star Megan Rapinoe has blasted NBA star Draymond Green after he missed the mark in a series of comments regarding equal pay between men and women.

The disparities between the men's and women's NCAA competitions have come into light in the US and Green weighed-in on the matter.

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Green caused a stir last month when he wrote a series of tweets about the sexist pay disparities in sports and appeared to suggest women should just focus on growing their sport and revenue.

He then doubled down in a subsequent interview.

"I’m really tired of seeing them complain about the lack of pay because they’re doing themselves a disservice by just complaining," he said.

"They’re not laying out steps that they can take to change that.”

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But the comments didn't sit well with gender equality advocate and football superstar Rapinoe.

Rapinoe, speaking at the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s media summit for the Tokyo Olympics, labelled his comments 'unacceptable'.

"Obviously you kinda showed your whole ass, not even understanding what we all talk about all the time, whether it's WNBA players or us here on the national team," Rapinoe said.

“And you tagged the wrong people! You don’t think we have asked for more funding? What are we screaming about nonstop?”

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"That was really disappointing, and from someone who has such a big platform, that's just not acceptable at all."

Rapinoe was referring to Green tagging WNBA stars Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker, Sky Diggins, Brittney Griner and the president of the WNBA’s players association, Nneka Ogwumike, in the tweets.

“When we talk about equality in women’s sports, we always talk first about investment, and funding, and resources, and marketing, and branding,” she added.

“And investing in not just the players but the support staff, and coaching, and media, TV media, print media, all of it.”

Rapinoe and her US women's football teammates have long been advocates for gender equality in sports and the community.

Rapinoe and teammate Midge Purce recently joined US President Joe Biden in the White House to advocate for the passage of a Paycheck Fairness Act and for more investment in women's sport.

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