The U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup on Sunday, but in the process continued its trend of creating controversy.
Minutes after the 2-0 game ended in Lyon, France, U.S. midfielder Allie Long was holding an American flag when forward Megan Rapinoe urged her to join in on a choreographed celebration for the cameras.
To do so, Long simply dropped Old Glory on the ground.
U.S. player Kelley O’Hara, who was forced to the sidelines after a hard collision left her with concussion-like symptoms, quickly jumped in to pick up the flag.
Twitterers were not happy.
“Drop the flag for some self glory. Perfectly sums them up,” one wrote.
“I think it’s GREAT the woman’s soccer team won but don’t disrespect the American Flag by dragging it on the ground and dropping it just to take a picture. WAY too many damn men and women died to protect what that flag stands for,” another wrote.