Jul 01, 2020
NWSL players: Soul-searching led to emotional anthem moment
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Chicago Red Stars teammates Julie Ertz and Casey Short say hard conversations over the past several weeks led to their vulnerability in the moment they shared an emotional embrace while they knelt during the national anthem as the NWSL opened its season.
Short sobbed as she was held by Ertz before Chicago’s match against the Washington Spirit on Saturday night, the second game of the National Women’s Soccer League tournament in Utah.
“Currently, every time the national anthem is played, our country continues to become more and more divided on what the visual symbol of unity looks like,” Short and Ertz said in a joint statement they released Tuesday. “Through our continuous conversations we wanted to make sure that whatever we decided to do, it would not be an empty gesture. It would be a gesture that portrayed that we have heard those who needed to be heard, validated and loved.
“That moment during the anthem was difficult, very difficult. We are still searching but we are humbled by the outpouring of support.”
Short was not made available for comment after the match, so the context of the moment wasn’t known. Teammate Rachel Hill, who stood during the anthem and put a hand on Short’s shoulder, also was not made available for comment following the game.Chicago Red Stars’ Rachel Hill puts her hand on the shoulder of Casey Short who is hugging Julie Ertz during the national anthem before Saturday night’s match.AP
“The two of us have always set out to be our honest and true selves, but have struggled to find the “right” thing to do in order to show our truth. We understand people are entitled to their opinions. Often these opinions are presented through the individual’s lens and do not accurately portray how the two of us truly feel,” Short and Ertz said.
Hill posted a statement to Instagram on Tuesday night, saying the decision did not come easily.
“Before the game, I was completely torn on what to do. I spoke with friends, family and teammates — of all races, religions and backgrounds — with the hope of guidance,” Hill wrote. “I chose to stand because of what the flag inherently means to my military family members and me, but I 100 percent support my peers. Symbolically, I tried to show this with the placement of my hand on Casey’s shoulder and bowing my head. I struggled, but felt that these actions showed my truth, and in the end I wanted to remain true to myself.”
Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage collectively knelt during the national anthem Saturday as they opened the Challenge Cup tournament. A few players, including Hill, chose to stand as the anthem was played before the late game between the Red Stars and Spirit.see also
While it is customary that only starters are on the field during the anthem, the entire squads for the four teams that played Tuesday took the field before their games. Most, but not all, knelt.
Players and coaches have also worn Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before games, and players have also knelt during a moment of silence before kickoffs.
The NWSL players association released a statement in support of all players, no matter their decision.
“The Players Association supports both making a clear statement that Black Lives Matter and each player making a personal decision around whether to stand or kneel during the national anthem,” the union said. “We ask that our supporters and media respect each player’s right to handle these moments in the way that they choose and know that our players are united against racism and in support of one another.”
After some players were criticized, the league announced Monday that it would allow players to remain in the locker room during the anthem.
“The NWSL stands behind every player, official and staff member. Kneel on the field. Stand with your hand over your heart. Honor your feelings in the privacy of the locker room or at midfield,” NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement announcing the policy change. “The NWSL is a league that was built on diversity and courage and those principles will continue to drive us forward.”
The NWSL is the first professional team sports league in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had gathered for training camps in March when the league was shut down.
The tournament opener between the Thorns and the Courage was broadcast nationally on CBS and the network announced Tuesday that the game averaged 572,000 viewers, a record for the NWSL.Filed under soccer , 7/1/20 Share this article: Share this:
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Shocking picture of ‘Amber Heard’s poo’ in bed that led to Johnny Depp divorce
A SHOCKING picture of 'Amber Heard's poo' in bed that led to her divorce from Johnny Depp was today the latest dirty laundry aired in their dramatic Hollywood trial.
The grim image was shown to one of the most respected judges in the UK as unsavoury details of the couple's tumultuous relationship were played out.17Photographs of the faeces were showed to the High Court today 17Johnny Depp has claimed it was Amber Heard who left the faeces in their marital bedCredit: Splash News 17The excrement was found in the couple's bed after an allegedly explosive row over Depp being late to her 30th birthdayCredit: AFP or licensors
Depp, 57, vowed to divorce "Amber Turd" after claiming she left poo in the bed in revenge for a furious birthday bust-up.
The star said it was a "fitting end" to his relationship with the 34-year-old after the "crass" act in their marital bed in LA in April 2016.
Honorary Mr Justice Nicol, who has an esteemed career of more than 15 years on the bench, was shown three images of the filth on day six of Depp's trial against The Sun.
Cleaner Hilda Vargas today said she was "horrified and disgusted" to find the "fresh faeces" which she said could only have been left by a human.
The housekeeper, who has worked for Depp for more than 30 years, said: "I pulled back the top sheet on the bed and saw a large pile of faeces.
"I was horrified and disgusted. It was clear to me that this was human faeces.
"I knew that the faeces could not have come from either of Mr Depp's or Ms Heard's two small dogs."
The High Court heard today:
- Amber Heard wrote in her diary that Depp had wrapped a shirt around her neck during a row on their honeymoon
- Depp's security guard denied he had seen the actress was injured during the trip
- Security guard Malcolm Connolly said he had arrived to find the couple screaming at each other during a trip to Australia
- The security team discussed possible fake explanations for Depp's severed finger, including that he had cut himself chopping onions
- Heard claimed she had two black eyes when appearing on the Late Late Show with James Corden after an alleged attack
Giving evidence by videolink, she added: "I have cleaned up after those dogs many times and their faeces are much smaller. Further, I have never known those dogs to defecate in the bed."
Ms Vargas said in her statement it showed a "lack of respect" and took photos of the faeces to show Depp's estate manager, before washing and changing the sheets.
Three photos were shown of the horrifying scene however The Sun Online has chosen to only show one of the images.
Although the 'poo incident' has been mentioned several times in the explosive trial, it has never been established whether it was Heard or one of her friend's from a prank.
In the stand last week, Depp said the faeces were definitely "not left by a three or four pound dog", referring to the couple's Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol.
The housekeeper claimed Heard later confronted her, telling her the photos she had taken of the poo had "destroyed her marriage".
She said in her witness statement: "I was very nervous and so I apologised, even I did not believe that their marital problems were my fault or that I had done anything wrong."
The poo had been found in the couple's bed the morning after Depp had been two hours late to Heard's 30th birthday party at the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles.
Depp is claimed to have got angry after Heard confronted him for being late, with the actor allegedly throwing a magnum of champagne at his then wife.
Ms Wass said Depp then "grabbed Heard by the hair and pushed her to the ground".
Depp allegedly left a note for his wife reading "Happy f***ing birthday", something the star denies.17Justice Nicol was shown the photographs in court Credit: Photoshot 17The cleaner said she did not believe the excrement had come from the couple's dogs Pistol and Boo Credit: Splash News 17Amber Heard has alleged she was abused by ex Johnny Depp 14 times - seen here walking into court with girlfriend Bianca ButtiCredit: �2020 Stephen Lock / i-Images 17Amber Heard smiled as she walked into court where the libel case is taking placeCredit: Splash News 17Johnny Depp has denied ever assaulting his then wife Amber HeardCredit: PA:Press Association
American author iO Tillett Wright named in court as a possible culprit for leaving the excrement in the bed.
Depp told the High Court this week that he had discovered he had lost $650million (£515million) in an "unpleasant and ugly" business meeting before Heard's birthday.
Today, excerpts from Heard's diary were read to the court hearing allegations that Depp had "wrapped his shirt around her neck" and hit her in a furious row on their honeymoon".
The star wrote: "Hurt last night was particularly bad. We finally fell asleep with one another smashed together in desperate childlike anger, fear and love.
"Our fight was terrible. J finally at one point found himself with his shirt wrapped around my neck. "
Malcolm Connolly, Depp's security guard, today denied there had been any assault on the train.
But he admitted that he was about "three or four doors down" from the couple, saying he "would never have known" about the fight if it had taken place in the early hours of the morning.
He said that he would have noticed any injuries on Heard, adding: "I looked after Amber. I afforded her the same protection and professionalism I gave to Johnny Depp."
The security guard also recounted the alleged bust-up in Australia in March 2015, saying he found Depp "in emotional distress and panicking" after his finger was severed.
The High Court previously heard:
- Johnny Depp wept when he was told he had kicked Amber Heard
- Billionaire inventor Elon Musk may have injured Heard in 2016
- Depp's assistant said he never saw any injuries on the 34-year-old actress
- A shocking photograph showed Depp passed out and covered in ice cream
- Depp called Heard a "w***e" and mocked her tears after allegedly attacking her on a plane
- The actor allegedly grabbed Heard and hurled a magnum of champagne at her after discovering he had lost $650m
Depp is suing The Sun for calling him a "wife beater" in a 2018 article. He denies being violent and has instead claimed it was Heard abusing him.
The star is alleged to have abused Heard 14 times over three years in the course of their relationship.
Depp is claimed to have first attacked his then wife in 2013 after she joked about his tattoo that had been altered from "Winona Forever" to "Wino Forever" following his split from Winona Ryder.Most read in NewsDEPP OF DESPAIRDepp passed out covered in ice cream as Amber told him 'you're pathetic''HEADBUTT INJURIES'Amber had '2 black eyes' on James Corden show after Depp 'headbutt'ExclusiveON THE RUNGhislaine Maxwell moved house 36 TIMES & face masks helped her stay hiddenDEPP'S 'RAGE'Depp 'grabbed Amber and hurled magnum of champagne at her' after losing $650mEMOTIONAL JOURNEYPregnant YouTube star, 24, said 'I feel like I'm dying' days before deathLatestDOUBLE TRAGEDYPregnant YouTube star Nicole Thea dies aged 24 along with unborn son
The actor’s case against NGN and executive editor Dan Wootton came after an article was published in 2018 with the headline “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”.
NGN is defending the article as true and says Mr Depp was “controlling and verbally and physically abusive towards Heard, particularly when he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs” between early 2013 and May 2016, when the couple split.
The pair met in 2011 and began living together in 2012 before marrying in Los Angeles in February 2015.17Heard is pictured here with one of the Yorkshire TerriersCredit: Instagram 17Movie star Depp said he did not believe the excrement had been left by one of the dogs 17 17 17The High Court was yesterday shown a photograph of Depp passed out and covered in ice cream 17Heard has claimed she was left bruised after a string of attacks during the couple's relationship 17Depp's security guard Malcolm Connolly today said he had seen the couple arguing but denied Depp had ever assaulted Heard Credit: London News Pictures 17Johnny Depp's finger was severed during an alleged bust-up with Heard in AustraliaCredit: PA:Press Association 17The actor is seen here after the incident in AustraliaCredit: PA:Press Association