Snoop Dogg will not stand for pay discrimination — especially when it comes to the United States women's national soccer team.
After the U.S. Women's National Team beat the Netherlands to win their fourth World Cup on Sunday (July 7), the legendary hip hop artist took to Instagram to express his disappointment over the pay disparity between the Women's National Team and Men's National Team.
"Food for thought," he began. "Shout out to the USA women's soccer team for their fourth World Cup. What I want to talk about is they only get $90,000 per player [after winning the World Cup], but the men, if they win it, they get $500,000 per player. The sorry a** f**king men from the US men's soccer team ain't ever won sh*t, ain't gon' ever win sh*t, can't even get out the first round — man, pay them ladies."
"Pay them girls what they're worth," he continued. "The women should be getting $500,000 per athlete. Snoop Dogg said so. Yeah, I'm rocking with that. Them girls done won four World Cups and [only get] $90,000? Man, please! Pay them $500,000 per player [...] let's go, girls," he added before concluding his speech with late rapper Nipsey Hussle's slogan: "The marathon continues."
While his numbers might have been a little off — the U.S. women's team will reportedly walk away with $260,000 per player while the men, who have yet to win a World Cup, would have gotten $1.1 million each — Snoop's point is still the same: the women's team is not getting the pay they not only deserve but have earned.
As fans of the game know, the 28 players on the women's National Team filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) — their employer — in March. According to the Washington Post, the team claims they are paid less than the men's team and are provided with less support, "despite their consistent outstanding performance." The lawsuit also argues the women's team's success has "translated into substantial revenue generation and profits" for USSF and "during the period relevant to this case, the WNT earned more in profit and/or revenue than the MNT."
However, the soccer federation denied the WNT's claims, arguing that the pay difference between the men and women players is "based on differences in aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex" and that the two teams are "physically and functionally separate organizations."
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