CLEVELAND — Cleveland Brown Myles Garrett weighed in on the gender pay issue for women in sports after a victory by the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team against Thailand.
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team scored more goals— a record breaking 13 —on Tuesday’s match against Thailand than the men scored in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups, and it’s this accomplishment that has brought up the discussion of equal pay for women playing the same sport as men.
On Tuesday, Garrett made it clear on Twitter how he felt about the issue with a tweet that said, “Equal Pay for Equal Play,” which was followed by a series of other tweets explaining his stance.
"Sports is sports. Doesn’t matter who is playing it. Those who play it at the highest level and exceptionally well should be represented and paid exceptionally in return. The gap is way too substantial rn between men and women," Garrett said in tweet.
Comparatively, the difference in the amount of pub and exposure women’s sports gets compared to men’s is significant. The idea that women can’t entertain or dazzle us with talent as men do in some sports is backwards.— Jurassic Myles🦖 (@MylesLGarrett) June 11, 2019
In March, the USWNT filed a federal class action lawsuit against the US Soccer Foundation citing gender discrimination. The lawsuit also alleges that the federation discriminates against equal pay.
According to money.com, Alex Morgan, a star athlete for Team U.S.A. earns upwards of $1 million annually, totaling sponsorships and other deals while soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi each earn over $100 million salaries.