United States Women's soccer star player Megan Rapinoe was widely criticized over the weekend after a viral clip showed her autographing a soccer ball for a young fan — yet somehow managing to never make eye contact with the boy.
Video of the incident, which happened at the ESPYs last week, showed a young boy walk up to Rapinoe with a small soccer ball. He hands the ball to Rapinoe, and she autographs it.
However, she never made eye contact with the boy, nor acknowledged him. Instead, she signed the ball while talking to others around her.
She didn’t even take a half second to look at her fan. I cannot stand her. https://t.co/GDSd5dErdn— Caleb SkHull 💀🎃👻 (@Caleb SkHull 💀🎃👻)1563058297.0
By Sunday morning, the 7-second clip had amassed more than 20 million views and generated widespread outrage.
What was the reaction?
Piers Morgan said Rapinoe's actions proved she is an "arrogant piece of work."
Wow. Doesn’t even look at him.. such an arrogant piece of work. https://t.co/BEJjGqIIhj— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1563006559.0
David Dunn, a former professional soccer player, said: "The more I see her the more I dislike her ! The kid should have volleyed it back in her grid!"
"The one kid in America who doesn't think that game sucks and she acts like a stereotypical movie star from an '80s movie in front of him," another person added.
"She's vile. That was disgusting there's people more famous than she will ever be who don't behave like that. Who is she? I don't know her full name and not many will, she's the USA player who won the World Cup," another critic said.
"The window to the soul is observing how someone treats someone powerless who can do absolutely no good for them. She's a piece of s**t. Her actions over the last 3 weeks confirm it. Making eye contact and acknowledgment of a fan costs 0," another person said.