Police investigate possible hate crime after slurs aimed at Megan Rapinoe

  • Posters of USA star were defaced on New York subway
  • Footballer is an advocate for women’s and LGBT rights

New York City police are investigating a possible hate crime directed at Megan Rapinoe after posters of the World Cup champion were defaced with homophobic slurs.

The defaced posters, which were at a Manhattan subway station, were reported early on Monday morning. The US had won the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, and were given a victory parade in New York on Wednesday. Rapinoe, who is gay, finished as the top scorer in the tournament and is a vocal advocate for women’s and LGBT rights. She has also clashed with Donald Trump. Before the World Cup she said she would not visit the White House if the US won the tournament, and on Sunday she accused the president of excluding large sections of the US population.

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