USWNT player apologizes for ‘offensive, insensitive’ social media activity after Megan Rapinoe takes aim


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US women's national team Midfielder Corbin Albert issued an apology Thursday after being called out by former U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe for commenting on social media content Rapinoe blasted for inciting hatred toward the LGBTQ community.

Rapinoe, whose famous career ended untimely he suffered an achilles injury In the final match of his career in November, posted a long message indirectly aimed at Albert Thursday.

Reign forward Megan Rapinoe, right, remains down after an injury as midfielder Rose Lavelle (16) and midfielder Jess Fishlock check on her during the first half of the NWSL championship game against Gotham, NJ/NY, on Nov. 11, 2023 . San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

“To those who want to hide behind 'my beliefs,' I would just ask one question, are you making any kind of space safer, more inclusive, more whole, a glimpse of someone better, better than anyone else? Are you taking it out?” Rapinoe wrote in a post shared to Instagram Stories.

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“Because if that's not all you believe in his hatred,” Rapinoe continued. “And kids are literally killing themselves because of this hate. Wake up, TF! Wake up!”

Rapinoe signed the message “Yours truly, #15,” is a jersey number Albert now wears.

At the center of the controversy were videos reposted by Albert on TikTok. According to The Athletic, one video included a sermon stating that being gay and “feeling transgender” is wrong.

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Corbin Albert of the United States during the 2024 CONCACAF W Gold Cup Final game between Brazil and the USWNT at Snapdragon Stadium on March 10, 2024 in San Diego. (John Todd/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

According to the report, another resurfaced screenshot shows Albert liking an Instagram post mocking Rapinoe's injury, saying, “God is taking time to make miracles happen for sure.” Megan Rapinoe sprains her ankle in her final game.”

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Shortly after Rapinoe shared her post, Albert apologized.

Her statement read, “I want to sincerely apologize for my actions on social media. Liking and sharing offensive, insensitive and hurtful posts was immature and disrespectful, which was never my intention.”

“I am really disappointed in myself and I am deeply sorry for the hurt I have caused my teammates, other players, fans, friends and anyone who has been offended.

She added, “I truly believe that everyone should feel safe and respected everywhere and on all playgrounds.” “I know my actions did not live up to that and I sincerely apologize for that. It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to play this game on the world stage and I promise to do better.”

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Corbin Albert of the United States attempts a penalty kick during the semi-finals of the 2024 CONCACAF W Gold Cup at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego on March 6, 2024. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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Rapinoe recently slammed those who mocked her injury, saying during a podcast appearance last month that there is “a special place in hell” for those who celebrate it.

20 year old Albert plays for Paris Saint-Germain. She has made seven appearances for the United States and was a starter during this year's CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. He is also on the roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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