Brandi Chastain plaque looks nothing like Brandi Chastain

Brandi Chastain in real life. (AP Photo)
Brandi Chastain in real life. (AP Photo)

Brandi Chastain is one of the finest soccer players in American history, and well deserving of any honor that comes her way. A two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup champion, she was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

There was just one problem. You can see what Chastain looks like above. Her plaque looked like this:

Brandi Chastain (allegedly).
Brandi Chastain (allegedly).

Look, we get that art is supposed to be subjective, but that … that ain’t great.

“It’s not the most flattering,” Chastain said at the reception honoring her. “But it’s nice.”

Ann Killion, the San Francisco Chronicle columnist whose words grace the plaque, wasn’t nearly so diplomatic:

“Brandi Chastain is one of the most beautiful athletes I’ve ever covered,” Killion tweeted. “How this became her plaque is a freaking embarrassment for BASHOF.”

The plaque was reminiscent of last year’s Cristiano Ronaldo sculpture debacle:

And, yes, Twitter had its jokes:

The Hall of Fame has reportedly agreed to re-do the plaque, which is, all things considered, probably for the best.

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