Police said Wednesday the vandalism was being investigated as a possible hate crime https://t.co/Dj24UGfZXA— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 11, 2019
The vandalism in question, featuring slurs scrawled on posters featuring Rapinoe's likeness at a New York City subway station, has since been scrubbed.
Rapinoe, who made worldwide headlines during the 2019 World Cup for both her outstanding play and comments on the current United States presidential administration, has remained in the spotlight since the team returned from France with its fourth World Cup. Though she has proven to be an inspiration to many, some have been rubbed the wrong way.
An outspoken member of the LBGTQ+ community, Rapinoe has not shied away from making her opinion regarding the current state of gender equality and inclusion public. She's also made comments knocking the Trump administration and its policies, sending mainstream right-wing media corporations into a frenzy.
Rapinoe was truly in a class of her own in her time in France, winning the Golden Boot award for the most goals in the tournament (six) and showing her veteran presence on a team filled with young talent.