Trinity Rodman clarified Monday her recent quote on her record contract, in which she said she “broke the mold” for NWSL deals.
The 20-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Washington Spirit in February that is reportedly worth more than $1.1 million, including an annual base of $281,000.
Speaking with ESPN’s Charlotte Gibson about the historic contract extension, Rodman said, “I’m that person that broke the mold for that. I’m paving the path for younger players and showing older players that this is what they should have gotten in the first place.”
Rodman saw her quote as an acknowledgment of the long road women’s players are still on to reach fair pay, but she received backlash from online commenters.
The Spirit player added additional context to her remarks in a post to her Instagram story.
“I never want to be perceived as ungrateful or stuck-up, that’s not who I am,” Rodman wrote. “I want everyone to know that I never have thought once that I am the reason that pay has gone up.
“I strongly acknowledge what ‘older players’ or veterans have done to earn what they’ve gotten, they’ve put blood, sweat and tears into paving the path for me and I feel so blessed, my goal right now is to pave the way for people younger than me and learn from those who did it before me.”