Soccer player Megan Rapinoe has been a source of major controversy, most recently for kneeling during the National Anthem at the Olympics.
Now, her politicization has rankled a major sponsor.
The New York Post reports that Subway franchise owners around the country are complaining that the national chain hired the liberal figure to promote their brand.
“The ad should be pulled and done with,” one franchisee in Wisconsin wrote of the Rapinoe spot. “It gets tiring apologizing.”
That owner is one of many citing customers that have complain about the sponsorship.
“I had a bunch of franchisees calling me on this today,” a lawyer who represents Subway franchisees told The Post. “They are trying to get the ads pulled.”
The attacks on social media keep coming.
“RT if you won’t eat @SUBWAY until they FIRE America hating Megan Rapinoe!” wrote Nick Adams, part of the Trump network.
Rapinoe, for her part, has defended her kneeling.
“It’s an opportunity for us to continue to use our voices and use our platforms to talk about the things that affect all of us intimately in different ways,” she said. “We have people from Team USA, from all over the country, from all backgrounds, and people literally from all over the world for every other team so I obviously encourage everyone to use that platform to the best of their ability to do the most good that they possibly can in the world, especially as all eyes are on Tokyo these next couple weeks.”
Meanwhile, the Christian satire site The Babylon Bee satirized Rapinoe writing,
“It’s common for stress to get to professional athletes, but U.S. women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe has been dealing with a recurring nightmare: winning the gold medal and having to hear the U.S. national anthem play.”