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PARIS — Korbin Albert, a midfielder for the U.S. women’s national team, apologized Thursday evening for liking and sharing social media posts that she described as “offensive, insensitive and hurtful.”

Albert, 20, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, had reportedly reposted anti-LGBTQ+ content on her TikTok account.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for my actions on social media,” Albert wrote on her Instagram Story. “Liking and sharing posts that are offensive, insensitive and hurtful was immature and disrespectful, which was never my intention.”

Korbin Albert apologized on her Instagram story on Thursday evening. USA TODAY Sports

According to several media outlets, Albert shared a video from a Christian sermon in which he described being gay and ‘feeling transgender’ as wrong.

Albert’s apology came shortly after PSG’s 3-0 win over Häcken in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League – she scored in the match – and followed criticism from recently retired American star Megan Rapinoe.

“I am truly disappointed in myself,” Albert continued, “and I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused my teammates, other players, fans, friends and anyone who was offended.

“I truly believe that everyone should feel safe and respected everywhere and on all playing fields,” she wrote. “I know my actions did not live up to that and for that I sincerely apologize. It is an honor and a privilege to play this sport on the world stage and I promise to do better.”

Megan Rapinoe is pictured at the World Cup in August 2023. Getty Images

Rapinoe, a former U.S. captain, did not mention Albert by name but urged in her Instagram Story that people not “hide behind ‘my beliefs'” because “kids are literally killing themselves because of this hate.”

Albert played seven games for the United States and was a starter in this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.

She is also on the roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup.





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