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Vandalized Megan Rapinoe Posters Being Investigated by NYPD for Possible Hate Crime

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe of the USA reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
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Posters of Women's World Cup star Megan Rapinoe have been vandalized in New York City in a case that is being investigated as a hate crime, according to New York City police.

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.