While she supports Megan Rapinoe, soccer superstar Carli Lloyd said her teammate's recent silent protest during the national anthem is an unwelcome distraction.
"The cause is great, the conversation is great, but I do think there are more people talking about her actual kneeling and we're losing sight of what she is actually fighting for," Lloyd said. "That's the unfortunate thing that is happening."
Following in the footsteps of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Rapinoe has taken a knee during the national anthem in her last two games, protesting racial inequality and police shootings of African-Americans.
"If it were me, I would protest in a different fashion," Lloyd told CNBC during an interview about her new autobiography, "When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World."
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team, also opened up about a number of other issues from equal pay to her legacy and her teammates.