Sydney Leroux, a forward for the U.S. national soccer team, said she was the object of a series of racist and sexist tweets in recent days and said her celebration after scoring a goal Sunday against Canada was a response to the abuse. Leroux played for the Sounders Women last year.
Leroux says she was target
of racist, sexist tweets
Sydney Leroux, a forward for the U.S. national team, said she was the object of a series of racist and sexist tweets in recent days and said her celebration after scoring a goal Sunday against Canada was a response to the abuse.
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After scoring the final goal in a 3-0 exhibition victory over Canada at BMO Field in Toronto, Leroux raised the U.S. Soccer Federation crest on her jersey toward the crowd and put a finger to her mouth as if to silence the fans.
Leroux, 23, played for the Sounders Women last year. Her father, former major-league baseball pitcher Ray Chadwick, is black and her mother, Sandi, is white.
Born in British Columbia, Leroux moved to the United States as a teenager and was taunted with chants of “Judas” during the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament at Vancouver’s BC Place last year.
On Monday, Leroux said on Twitter: “When you chant racial slurs, taunt me and talk about my family don’t be mad when I shush you and show pride in what I represent. #america.”
Leroux said later Monday, in a statement issued through the USSF, “my tweet from this morning wasn’t in response to anything from yesterday’s match at BMO Field.
“In fact, the atmosphere at the stadium was a positive step forward for women’s soccer. Unfortunately, the type of abuse I have received in the past and via social media for my decision to play for the United States is a step backwards. That is what prompted my response in the heat of the moment.”
The USSF collected some of the offensive tweets aimed at her, which referred to her with racial and sexist slurs and called her a “scab,” “insufferable classless” and “a loser.”
“I hope you die of aids,” one tweet read.
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