WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- U.S. women’s soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe’s posters at a New York City subway station were vandalized, prompting police to believe it as a possible hate crime.
- At least six Rapinoe posters had hateful messages written across her face and forehead, including words and phrases such as “shemale” and screw this h-.”
- Openly gay Rapinoe, who is an outspoken activist for LGBT and women’s rights, was awarded the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot for being the FIFA World Cup’s best player and top scorer.
Posters of U.S. women’s soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe were vandalized at a New York City subway station and authorities were investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Some of the posters feature Rapinoe wearing her U.S. soccer jersey with the phrase “Dream with us” scrawled across the center. Hateful messages were written across her face and forehead, the New York Post reported, citing law enforcement sources.
The hateful messages included words and phrases such as “shemale” and screw this h-.” At least six Rapinoe posters were vandalized at the subway station located near Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, officials said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was working with the New York Police Department in their investigation, an agency spokesman told the New York Post.
“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,” MTA spokesman Shams Tarek told the daily newspaper.
Openly gay Rapinoe is an outspoken activist for LGBT and women’s rights. She led the team to put the U.S. ahead of the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup tournament on Sunday. Rapinoe was also awarded the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot for being the tournament’s best player and top scorer.
Source: Fox News