The President then extended a White House invitation “win or lose” to the US national team.
“I mean, some of it is kind of funny….. but like in a REALLY? REALLY? THIS GUY??? kind of way,” Bird, a star on the Seattle Storm, wrote. “It would be ridiculous to the point of laughter, if it wasn’t so gross.”
They’ve been in the spotlight before
Bird said that, while she was inclined to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, the online hate she and Rapinoe have gotten from strangers has been unsettling.
Bird, who won three WNBA titles and four Olympic gold medals, said Trump’s criticism would not get to Rapinoe.
“You just cannot shake that girl,” she wrote. “She’s going to do her thing, at her own damn speed, to her own damn rhythm, and she’s going to apologize to exactly NO ONE for it.”
CNN’s AJ Willingham contributed to this story.