'You're the motherf*cking best!' Soccer star Megan Rapino urges fans to 'be better' in rabble-rousing speech on live TV
U.S. soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe on Wednesday delivered a rabble-rousing speech in New York City as the Women's National Team accepted the Keys to the City during a ticker tape parade.
Speaking before a crowd of supporters, Rapino congratulated her “badass” teammates.
“Just shoutout to the teammates. Everybody. Give them a clap. This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humor, is just so badass,” she said. “There’s nothing, nothing that can faze this group. We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea-sipping, 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. Straight girls and gay girls.”
After thanking the staff and US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, Rapino also thanked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and state governor Andrew Cuomo.
“Cuomo is how you pronounce it, right?” Rapino asked. “Thank you so much for hosting us.”
To the NYPD, to the fire department here, to everyone that made this happen, thank you so much. This is not possible without everyone. We really do appreciate all that it takes to shut down the biggest, best city in the world. For the biggest, best team in the world. Thank you for that. That means the world to us.
I think I’ll just end with this: this is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We’ve got to listen more and talk less. We’ve got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility, every single person here, every single person who is not here, every single person who doesn’t want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree, it’s our responsibility to make this world a better place. I think this team does an incredible job of taking that on our shoulders. And understanding the position that we have and the platform that we have within this world. Yes, we play sports. Yes, we play soccer.
Yes, we’re female at the heats, but we’re so much more than that. You’re so much more than that. You’re more than a fan. You’re more than someone who just supports sports. You’re more than someone who tunes in every four years. You’re someone who walks these streets every single day. You interact with your community every single day. How do you make your community how do you make the people around you better? Your family? Your closest friends, the 10 closest people to you, the hundred people closest to you? It’s every single person’s responsibility.
“It’s time to come together,” she added. “This conversation is at the next step. We have to collaborate. It takes everybody. This is my charge to everybody. Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you’ve ever been before. If this team is any representation of what you can be when you do that, please take this as an example. This group is incredible. We took so much on our shoulders to be here today, to celebrate with you today. And we did it with a smile. So do the same for us. Please. I ask you.”
Wrapping up her speech, Rapino stretched out her arms and yelled, “New York City, you’re the motherf*cking best!”
Watch below, via CNN: