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Does plaque honoring Brandi Chastain look more like Mickey Rooney? Maybe Gary Busey?

Athlete Brandi Chastain participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series in 2016. A plaque unveiled Monday of Chastain by the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame has drawn unfavorable comparisons to Mickey Rooney, Babe Ruth and others.
Athlete Brandi Chastain participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series in 2016. A plaque unveiled Monday of Chastain by the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame has drawn unfavorable comparisons to Mickey Rooney, Babe Ruth and others. The Associated Press

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame unveiled a plaque Monday honoring soccer star Brandi Chastain. Or was it Jimmy Carter? Maybe Mickey Rooney.

The image of Chastain engraved on the plaque, revealed at a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., has drawn mocking online comparisons to the former president and actor — along with Gary Busey, Melissa McCarthy and Babe Ruth, among others.

For her part, Chastain seemed to react graciously to the plaque at the Monday unveiling ceremony, reported The Mercury News.

“It’s not the most flattering,” Chastain said. “But it’s nice.”

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame has told Chastain the plaque will be redone, reported The San Franchisco Chronicle. Chastain said she has been invited to supply a photo to serve as the basis for a new image on the plaque, "so I need to find one."

The plaque also reminded some of the uproar over earlier sculptures intended to honor Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and American actress Lucille Ball.

Chastain, who was born in San Jose, Calif., is a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold-medalist. She played for the U.S. women’s national soccer team from 1988 to 2004. In 1999, Chastain famously ripped off her jersey after scoring a dramatic, game-winning goal fin the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Former United States women's national team soccer player Brandi Chastain spoke at Columbus State's second annual Girls in the Game Advance Initiative on Thursday. Chastain shared stories from her decorated career and discussed important themes for

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