The famed statue of Jackie Robinson outside MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, was discovered on Wednesday morning vandalized. The vandals spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs on the statue which depicts Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese in a pose from 1947.
Crews removed the vandalism and covered what could not be immediately removed before an 11 a.m. minor league game with duct tape. New York City police officers are investigating the incident.
“We have video surveillance of the area,” Billy Harner, director of communications for the Brooklyn Cyclones told 1010 WINS. “We’re looking at the tapes to investigate exactly what took place.”
Robinson was 28-years-old in 1947 when he broke the color barrier and became the first African-American to play baseball in the major leagues.
[h/t CBS News]
[Photo via CBS New York/Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS]
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