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Fact Check: Megan Rapinoe Suffers $10M Loss After Leaving US Soccer Team?

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Claim:

Megan Rapinoe lost $10 million after being eliminated from the U.S. national soccer team

Rating:

Rating: Labeled Satire
Rating: Labeled Satire

On August 7, 2023, SpaceXMania published an article positing that soccer player Megan Rapinoe had reportedly lost $10 million since being eliminated from the U.S. national team:

Breaking: Megan Rapinoe Takes a $10 Million Hit After Being Eliminated From The US Team

In a shocking development that has sent ripples through the sports world, soccer star Megan Rapinoe has reportedly suffered a significant financial setback of $10 million following the US team’s unexpected elimination from the Women’s World Cup. Fans and critics alike are scratching their heads, wondering how the mighty have fallen and whether this financial hit was a result of penalties on the field or missteps in the world of endorsements.

The article goes on to speculate as to the reasons for this "loss," ranging from her "outspoken activism and penchant for controversy" to her performance on the field.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events, and SpaceXMedia is not a real news site. It describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

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The story was also picked up by other fake news sites such as USA New's.

Besides the inconsistencies between the headline claiming that the loss was due to Rapinoe being "eliminated" from the U.S. team and the first paragraph of the story claiming that her loss was due to the U.S. team's unexpected elimination from the Women's World Cup, the story amplifies the homophobic rhetoric surrounding Rapinoe's work in the LGBTQ+ community by implying that her financial loss is due to her "endorsements."

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Sources:

‘Megan Rapinoe Takes a $10 Million Hit After Being Eliminated From The US Team’. USA NEW’S, 15 Oct. 2023, https://www.faithhopel.info/megan-rapinoe-takes-a-10-million-hit-after-being-eliminated-from-the-us-team/.

Breaking: Megan Rapinoe Takes a $10 Million Hit After Being Eliminated From The US Team. 7 Aug. 2023, https://spacexmania.com/breaking-megan-rapinoe-takes-a-10-million-hit-after-being-eliminated-from-the-us-team12/.

‘Megan Rapinoe Discusses Title IX, Transgender Sports Bans’. Time, 19 June 2022, https://time.com/6188583/megan-rapinoe-equal-pay-title-ix-transgender-sports-bans/.

‘Megan Rapinoe’. Wikipedia, 7 Oct. 2023. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Megan_Rapinoe&oldid=1178970170.

Wamsley, Laurel. ‘Megan Rapinoe, an Icon Bigger than Soccer, Takes a Bow for the U.S. National Team’. NPR, 25 Sept. 2023. NPR, https://www.npr.org/2023/09/25/1201553821/megan-rapinoe-final-game-us-soccer.