“Michael Jordan Has Got His Tongue Out”: Megan Rapinoe Credited NBA Legends’ on Court Charisma for Paving the Way for Her Career

Published 08/25/2022, 9:15 AM EDT

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been an inspiration to millions of women worldwide. The former Olympic Gold medalist always speaks her mind and does not shun criticism. Be it on the football field or in any public event fighting for a social cause. She has proved herself multiple times.

Megan is famous for her significant role in the world cup final that helped the team clinch the title. She is the recipient of the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’. She is the only soccer player to win this award. Moreover, her influence is unmatched among the masses.

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This NBA legend inspires Megan Rapinoe

When covid struck the world in 2020, all sporting events were postponed indefinitely. But athletes continued to maintain their fitness to perform efficiently once the games were back. During this time, Megan Rapinoe gave an interview on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’. The show was a treat to fans as they saw their favorite soccer player on TV after a long time.

They talked about many topics, from Megan’s plans to her inspiration. Jimmy asked her where did she get her entertaining personality from. Megan credited NBA legend Michael Jordan for his on-court charisma that paved the way for her career. Speaking of their influence, she said,” Michael Jordan has got his tongue out. He is an athlete, but he is entertaining everyone in this way that we hadn’t seen before”

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Jim Carrey doing the ‘Lahoo-zaher’, an impression of ‘loser’, also had an effect on her personality. She learned the showmanship and the process of having fun from them. The Olympic gold medalist believed that she would never be the best athlete, but the entertainment was something she could always do.

Megan’s fight against gender discrimination

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Megan Rapinoe has been monumental in her fight against injustice. She does not shy away from criticism that comes in the process. With the goal set in her mind, she has been relentless in her effort to battle social issues. Often speaking about gender discrimination, she has garnered a lot of attention towards the suppressed issue.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala . As well as Met Gala – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – Arrivals – New York City, U.S. – September 13, 2021. Soccer player Megan Rapinoe in Sergio Hudson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Megan has become an inspiration to a lot of other athletes to use their influence in the right way. When she, with her teammates, sued the US Football federation for not adequately compensating them for their work, it became a topic of discussion worldwide. They received heavy media coverage during their case. However, the battle is still underway. But Megan and her teammates remain stern on their decision to fight until there is a fair decision.

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WATCH THIS STORY: Megan Rapinoe, Lindsay Von, Chloe Kim, Allyson Felix, and Other Olympians appear at ESPYS 2022.

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Adityan Pillai

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Adityan Pillai is a US Sports Author for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Science. When it comes to track and field, Adityan is a national-level athlete, participating in the 400 and 800m events.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa

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