Megan Rapinoe, the captain of U.S. Soccer's women's national team, told The Guardian that her family's conservative political views have caused some major conflicts over the years.
The soccer star became a household name in political circles during the Women's World Cup, after she was seen in a video saying "I'm not going to the f***ing White House" in response to an interview question.
Rapinoe said she thinks her father voted for President Donald Trump and that she doesn't understand how her parents can hold the views they do while having and supporting two lesbian daughters. From The Guardian:
Perhaps Rapinoe is the expression of their sublimated liberalism, the things that her parents can't say, I suggest. "I know. And I'm very similar to how they are, even though I think my dad voted for Trump and I'll say: 'I don't get it. How are you simultaneously as proud as punch of me, and watching Fox News all the time, [who are doing] takedowns of your daughter?' That's why I'm like: 'You guys need to go to therapy.'"
The political differences have also led to some significant disputes, although Rapinoe said she remains very close to her family.
Do they fight now? "There's been some major blow-ups. There's definitely been some dust-ups." At the same time, she says: "I'm very close to my family. It's not like: 'Ugh, I'm from a conservative town and I never talk to them any more.' I talk to my parents all the time, every day. And I feel like I have seen progress and growth. I would love it if people understood you should never say racist things and be OK with gay people, or whatever it is. But, obviously, it doesn't happen that quickly."
Rapinoe, after her comments about not visiting the White House, became involved in a public feud with President Trump, causing her status as a politically divisive figure to, at least temporarily, rival her notoriety as an accomplished soccer star as she became a frequent guest on various cable news, late night and daytime television shows.
The U.S. women won their fourth World Cup title, beating the Netherlands 2-0 on July 7 in France.
Right now, Rapinoe and the women's national team are in a legal battle with the United States Soccer Federation, which the team is suing for pay discrimination.
Members of the women's team claim they are paid less than men's national team players, although the USSF has denied it and provided data showing the women have actually been compensated better than the men over the past decade.