The New York Police Department (NYPD) assigned its hate crimes task force to investigate vandalized posters of Megan Rapinoe found in a Manhattan subway station.
Misogynistic and homophobic graffiti covered the posters of the US soccer star.
According to USA Today, people found and reported the vandalized posters on Monday (8 July). Only a day before, Rapinoe, as co-captain, helped lead the US Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) to their fourth World Cup title.
The posters featured Rapinoe in her kit and read: ‘Dream with us.’
NYPD detective Hubert Reyes said authorities quickly worked to clean and replace the ruined posters at the Bryant Park station.
Reyes added the NYPD hate crimes task force is currently investigating one suspect.
‘Hate has no place in the transit system and we work hard to make the subway a welcoming, safe environment for everyone,’ said MTA deputy communications director Shams Tarek.
‘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.’
Megan Rapinoe emerged as a soccer and political star
Throughout the World Cup, Rapinoe impressed on the world soccer stage. By the end of the tournament, she went home not only with the World Cup trophy, but the individual Golden Ball and Boot trophies.
She also made waves, however, by using her voice to speak out about politics, equality, and more.
These actions earned her both ardent fans and critics, and she hasn’t stopped voicing her views since the World Cup ended. Upon returning to the US, Rapinoe made appearances on numerous shows.
While speaking to Anderson Cooper, she relayed a message directly to Donald Trump, telling him how he ‘excludes’ people.
The USWNT is next embarking on a celebration tour, playing international friendly (non-competitive) matches around the country. Their first match is 3 August against the Republic of Ireland in Pasadena, California.