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UPDATE: A spokesman for U.S. Women’s Soccer tells the Todd Starnes Show that players did not disrespect a 98-year-old World War II veteran as he played the national anthem.
Social media erupted after fans and spectators saw players turning away from Pete DuPre as he played the national anthem on a harmonica.
Players from the U.S. team stood on one side of the performance and the Mexico team stood on the other.
The Mexican team all stood together facing forward — as did many of the American players. However, some of the players turned the other way.
Neil Buethe, the chief communications officer for U.S. Soccer told the Todd Starnes Show they players turned to face the American flag.
“Anyone that had their backs towards Pete — were looking at a flag that was on a flagpole,” Buethe said. “No one is turning their back on the guy.”
After the match a number of players signed a soccer ball that had been presented to DuPre.
Every woman on the Mexican Soccer Team faced the flag & sang the Mexican National anthem.— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 5, 2021
Several woman on the U.S. Soccer team turned away from the US flag – while a 92 year old Veteran played the anthem on a harmonica.
Why didn’t @USWNT show the women turning away? https://t.co/8OCa7eToZD
#11 and #2 turned away from the US flag and the 92 year old WWII harmonica-playing Veteran who risked his life so these self-obsessed children could disrespect America. https://t.co/iPxxOSrLnW pic.twitter.com/awWjHFX90n— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 5, 2021
98-year-old World War II veteran Pete DuPré played the national anthem on a harmonica before the @USWNT’s Olympic send-off match ?? pic.twitter.com/wnrOnZJhkC— ESPN (@espn) July 5, 2021
❤️?? pic.twitter.com/JEDm92H0bf— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 6, 2021