Canadian website claims US football team disregarded anthem
The Post Millennial, a conservative Montreal-based online news site, sparked false controversy Monday night when it claimed that a video shows the United States women’s soccer team “turning its back on [a] A 98 year old World War II veteran playing the national anthem.
In fact, most of the team was facing the American flag in front of them. Others, hands on heart, watched Pete DuPre, a 98-year-old WWII veteran, deliver a beautiful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on a harmonica.
US Soccer communications officials attempted to scuttle the false story on social media, making it clear what really happened at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut, during which the United States United defeated Mexico 4-0.
âNot true. No one turned their backs on WWII veteran Pete DuPrÃ© during tonight’s anthem,â the US Soccer Comms Twitter feed posted. âSome USWNT players were just looking at the flag. on a pole at one end of the stadium The players all love Pete, thanked him individually after the game and signed a ball for him.
In fact, US Soccer then released a video of each player thanking the veteran, sitting in a wheelchair before loading the team bus after the game.
âIt’s respect. Every player waited for the opportunity to come see Pete after the game before getting on the bus, said hello, thanked him and signed his ball, âsaid US Soccer.