Nazi swastikas and racial slurs were painted on a statue of Brooklyn Dodgers players Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese at MCU Park in Coney Island, New York.
The iconic statue shows Reese with his arm around Robinson.
According to police, “Heil Hitler,” “die n----r,” "F--k n----r" and "F--k Jackie Robinson and all n-----s" were found painted on the statue this morning.
Crews tried to remove all the graffiti, but had to place duct tape over some of the offensive slurs because the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor baseball league team, were scheduled to play the Connecticut Tigers at MCU Park today.
“We did our best to cover it up to try to avoid exposing it to the kids,” Billy Harner, the Cyclones' director of communications, told the New York Post.
“It’s a symbol of equality and tolerance, and for someone to do that, it’s just mind-boggling.”
“We’re appalled by the racist graffiti that defaced the Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park in Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Domenic Recchia in a joint statement.
Source: New York Post