In a Players’ Tribune article published Tuesday titled “So the President F***ing Hates My Girlfriend,” WNBA star Sue Bird wrote President Trump acted like a “full adolescent boy” when he sounded off on her girlfriend, USWNT star Megan Rapinoe, last week.
Bird, a three-time WNBA champion, said it was “WEIRD” for Trump to call out Rapinoe on Twitter. The president blasted Rapinoe after a video interview of her declaring she would not go to the “f***ing” White House went viral. Trump said Rapinoe should “win first” before talking.
Bird said she initially freaked out “a little” to Trump’s response.
“Like, dude — there’s nothing better demanding your attention??” Bird wrote. “It would be ridiculous to the point of laughter, if it wasn’t so gross. (And if his legislations and policies weren’t ruining the lives of so many innocent people.)”
An 11-time All-Star, Bird also took a shot at Trump for not inviting a WNBA team to the White House. Bird plays for the Seattle Storm, the league’s reigning champions who swept the Washington Mystics in the finals last year.
Bird and Rapinoe have been together since September 2016, according to the Seattle Times. The two posed nude together in ESPN’s “The Body Issue” last year, becoming the first gay couple to do so.
Bird said Rapinoe was “unfazed” by the president’s criticism. Speaking to reporters, Rapinoe did not apologize and stood by her comments.
“You just cannot shake that girl,” Bird said. “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. … It’s not an act with her. It’s not a deflection. To me it’s more just like: Megan is at the boss level in the video game of knowing herself.”
Bird, though, described her own reaction to the backlash Rapinoe received as an “out-of-body” experience.
“What’s legitimately scary, I guess, is like….. how it’s not just his tweets,” Bird said. “Because now suddenly you’ve got all these MAGA peeps getting hostile in your mentions. And you’ve got all these crazy blogs writing terrible things about this person you care so much about. And now they’re doing takedowns of Megan on Fox News, and who knows whatever else.”