New York City police have said they are investigating a possible hate crime against Megan Rapinoe after posters depicting the star of American football have been stained by pejorative insults.
Police said the vandalism, discovered Monday in the Bryant Park subway station, was under investigation by the hate crimes working group of the New York Police Department.
The posters have since been cleaned. Rapinoe, who is gay, has been a strong advocate for gender equality and the inclusion of LGBTQ people.
The US Women's National Team was honored on Wednesday with a parade of parades marching past the Canyon of Heroes in New York City for winning the World Cup.
After the parade, Rapinoe urged Americans to "love more" and "less hate".
Associated Press contributed to this report.