Brandi Chastain is an iconic soccer player, known for her skill and passion on the field, along with her classic beauty.
So many onlookers were surprised to see her likeness on a hall of fame induction plaque that was unflattering, to put it mildly.
But it is going to be fixed.
Chastain told Chronicle columnist Ann Killion on Tuesday that the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame has told her they will redo the plaque, and have asked her “for a photo of my choosing, so I need to find one.”
BASHOF officials did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
The original bronze plaque, unveiled at the BASHOF banquet in San Francisco on Monday night, bore little resemblance to Chastain. On social media, people compared it to male actors including Gary Busey, Nick Nolte and Mickey Rooney. Politicians including Rex Tillerson and Jimmy Carter also were mentioned.
Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2018
Killion, who wrote the words that accompany the likeness on Chastain’s plaque, called out the issue on Twitter: “Brandi Chastain is one of the most beautiful athletes I’ve ever covered. How this became her plaque is a freaking embarrassment.”
Chastain, to her credit, took the entire situation in stride.
Must’ve been the same dude who did the Ronaldo statue… pic.twitter.com/TXjz2piHeY
— Amber Wackford Vlietstra (@AmberWack) May 22, 2018
“Bottom line, the good that BASHOF does for the kids in the community is important and necessary,” Chastain told The Chronicle on Tuesday. “I’m proud to be in the class of such talented individuals who have elevated our sports teams to the highest heights.
“The physical replication of the bust isn’t as accurate as I would have hoped but it wasn’t something I spent two moments thinking of. I was excited for the evening and anticipating what my sons would say in their introductions.”
A BASHOF representative told The Mercury News that the plaques were intended to be representative of the honored athletes, and not photographic, in nature.
One deep-pocketed benefactor, who was at the banquet, told Killion he was willing to pay to redo it. He also let Chastain know that he would. It is unclear if BASHOF will take him up on the offer, or pay for the new plaque itself.
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