Megan Rapinoe was the biggest star of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, leading the United States women’s national team to a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final match of the tournament on Sunday.
The openly-gay soccer star has become an outspoken leader of several movements, including the USWNT’s push for equal pay, while being quite critical of President Trump.
This has unsurprisingly led to Rapinoe being criticized by some.
The New York Police Department has announced this week that a series of Nike Rapinoe posters in the New York Subway system have been vandalized with slurs.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) July 9, 2019
The posters were defaced with several slurs, but have since been scrubbed clean.
New York Police is investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.
“Hate has no place in the transit system and we work hard to make the subway a welcoming, safe environment for everyone. We referred this to NYPD which responded to investigate, our maintenance teams got the posters cleaned and we will have them replaced with new ones if necessary,” the MTA announced in a statement.
Rapinoe has not commented on the poster incident, though she gave quite a speech after the U.S. World Cup parade on Wednesday.
“Just shoutout to the teammates. This group is so resilient. Is so tough. Has such a sense of humor. Is just so badass,” Rapinoe said. “There’s nothing that can faze this group. We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea sippin’. We’ve got celebrations. We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.”