NYPD Investigates Vandalism Of Megan Rapinoe Posters As A Hate Crime

NYPD is investigating several posters of U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe that were vandalized in Manhattan.

New York, NY – The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Hate Crime Task Force is investigating vandalism to posters of World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe that appeared in a city subway station.

The vandalism at the West 42nd Street Subway station was reported to police at about 7:15 a.m. on July 8, two days before the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) were due to be celebrated with a ticker tape parade in Manhattan, CNN reported.

Rapinoe was team captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team that recently won the World Cup in France.

Eight posters of Rapinoe wearing her USWMT uniform were defaced with derogatory words and “homophobic comments,” the NYPD told CNN.

Rapinoe became a polarizing figure when she announced, before winning the World Cup, that if the United States won and she was invited to the White House, she wouldn’t go.

She also infuriated millions of Americans when she chose to take a knee in Colin Kaepernick-style during the U.S. National Anthem at the World Cup playoffs and final game on international playing fields.

Before this year’s World Cup game between the United States and Thailand, Rapinoe also refused to sing the National Anthem along with her teammates and would not put her hand on her heart, according to The Independent.

Rapinoe announced that she would “probably never sing the national anthem again.”

The soccer star has been participating in anti-police protests for several years.

In September of 2016, while playing for a professional soccer team in the United States, she was the first non-black professional athlete to kneel during the National Anthem in support of Kaepernick’s protest, according to USA Today.

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” Rapinoe told American Soccer Now at the time.

Rapinoe told Yahoo Sports that her protests were about “over-policing” and “racial profiling” by the police.

The transit authority moved quickly to clean up the graffiti on the posters, The Hill reported.

"Hate has no place in the transit system and we work hard to make the subway a welcoming, safe environment for everyone," Metropolitan Transportation Authority Deputy Communications Director Shams Tarek said in a statement. “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."

Tarek said that the posters had been cleaned and restored, and that they would be replaced some with new posters if it was necessary, The Hill reported.

Comments (54)
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jakesj40
jakesj40

how about investigating her statements and actions as hate crimes?

Blue-wave
Blue-wave

Of course it’s a hate crime. How could you look at and listen to her and not hate this liberal garbage can.

Noble Serf
Noble Serf

send me a poster and I'll wipe my ass with it.... she's scum ... anti-american.

JBo
JBo

Someone drew a frown face on my squad one night. Is that a hate crime?

LEO0301
LEO0301

She's just another person no one will remember by the end of the year who is looking for attention. In my opinion, she's just like that bug eyed congresswoman AOC. Ignore them and eventually they will go away.

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

Sounds like writing on the posters was just a free speech protest.

spd522
spd522

Sounds more like they should take them down instead. Her face is a hate crime.

Ibizian
Ibizian

So throwing the US Flag on the ground isn't a hate crime against the entire country? If that's protected by the 1st,how can someone writing words be a hate crime!? That's definitely protected!

Everything is this country is 1 sided!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

FUCKS GIVEN= 0

Propolice
Propolice

She asked for the hate by disrespecting our Country when she was supposed to be representing us. Stupid beatch shouldn’t have accepted the honor of playing for a Country she hates!

Mrdan
Mrdan

Take her n kapernick n drop them off in North Korea or any one of the country's who hate american's & see how far they get with their kneeling agianst the flags over there I think it's called firing squad

rds40
rds40

Sure they have nothing better to do.

Sargejh
Sargejh

Ok. So you can burn a flag and it’s free speech. But you draw a mustache on that dude Rapinoe and it’s a hate crime? 🤪

mousegun
mousegun

The fact that she's a carpet munching dyke has nothing to do with why I hate this bitch. I hate her bc she disrespects our flag and country, is anti-cop, and snubs a child who just wanted an autograph but she's too busy scoping out some fresh poon to even look at him. So I'm good, right? No hate crime? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Texas-Bubba
Texas-Bubba

It Is A Hate Crime / EVERYBODY HATES THIS STUPID BITCH

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

It figures only in New York or the entire West Coast would vandalism of a poster, a piece of cardboard with a picture on it, be investigated as a hate crime. But hey go ahead and every single time that the social justice warriors deface a poster or sign that THEY disagree with THEY can be charged with a hate crime too. I love it.

Marxest
Marxest

I don't know if the vandalization of her posters inside the NYC subway constitutes a hate crime, especially since Megan Rapinoe or any specific person or group has been physically targeted or assaulted. If there is a victim it's the MTA for the defacement of it's property. But the NYPD is a thorough and professional law enforcement agency, (one of the finest in the world) they can allocate time and resources to any case they seem fit to do so.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This crime seems worse to me than the overpainting of the rocks that tried to proclaim Tara O'Sullivan as some kind of hero.

Larty
Larty

She's trash and NYPD cops will never make any attempt to arrest those responsible for defacing her posters

Janken
Janken

She brought this hate on to herself. When your a pro for the USA and you say F THE PRESIDENT AND KNEEL FOR MY FLAG then you have to expect this. She has lost for her team, she lost for USA. I will never like soccer again. I was so excited for our team until the LESBIAN BITCH acted like a bitch

Native_jo
Native_jo

Political statement

Thank You Blue
Thank You Blue

Yeah but blacks robbing, raping and killing white people on a daily basis with clear racial motivations never seems to "qualify " as a hate crime. Wish I could go to NY and take a piss all over one of those posters

NotPC
NotPC

I’m sure the NYPD would be just as diligent if it had been a poster of our President.

Grog
Grog

Such liberal BS!

Baxter12
Baxter12

“Anyone” on a sports team representing America should NOT kneel while the National Anthem is being played! If any of those players don’t have enough RESPECT for our Country they can pack their shit and get the hell out! I’d like to invite everyone of those snobby pieces of shit to visit a Veterans home and sit down with any Vet that doesn’t have a family and is living all alone! One that’s faces the life of scars of fought the battle to keep America free! Many living with nightmares of battles! There’s so much behind that red, white and blue so many don’t understand.

Go into a restaurant that refuses to serve our law enforcement officers and ask them why? It’s incomprehensible, they do it for attention that’s all, any place that refuses to serve our law enforcement I’ll never step into! It’s easy don’t break the damn law! Our law enforcement officers that live on pensions that are so low, some barely make it from pay to pay day yet still love their jobs! So many desperately trying to reach out to kids on the streets to keep them from getting into trouble or into gangs. Look into the good, the better part of the law enforcement officers, yes some can be arrogant but have you considered walking in their shoes for a day?

And you have this arrogant, rich, stuck up, snobby bitch that won’t take the time to even speak to the fans! She doesn’t even deserve to represent our America! Our Country that so many have fought and died for to keep it FREE and safe!!!! I agree with a previous post take her and Kapernick and drop them both off in North Korea, China or Afghanistan even and get rid of them because they don’t deserve to be called Americans!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

IF YOU WANT TO BE TREATED EQUAL, THEN ACT EQUAL. Otherwise, leave the country if you’re not happy. Don’t bring being gay into the way you’re acting because it has nothing to do with it. Why do they feel that they always have to bring up the fact that they’re gay? Don’t separate yourself if you say want to be accepted.

Ian W
Ian W

What liberties is she talking about?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

That's a load of horseshit. Everyone knows she is hated because she disrespected America to the world. That may be hate, but it's hatred of her behavior, not her sexual orientation. The fact that the NYPD or those who made the decision to label it a hate crime are just plain stupid.

AmericaRedWhiteBlue
AmericaRedWhiteBlue

Identity Politics divides. Damm shame the state of affairs these days ... Respect the country that has freed and saved more people here and abroad using American blood as it's Currency over the last 200 years and since the beginning of time

LynnSB
LynnSB

Who the Fck CARES ??? your worried about h is POS but when Statues were being destroyed you DID NOTHING !!! Fcking HYPOCRITES !!!!!

DC-TX
DC-TX

To the police officers on here: how would you like to be on that detail. Investigate who spray painted some posters. Important police work.

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

So rapenoe can hate the flag, conservatives, Republicans, America, the White House and our president and say foul thing's about them all because it's her First Amendment right, but no one can go after her poster in retaliation.....? Got it!