The "symbol of tolerance" at the Coney Island home of the Brooklyn Cyclones was found vandalized this morning with a wide array of disgusting phrases — including "die niggers," "fuck Jackie Robinson and all niggers," and "Heil Hitler" — designed for maximum repugnance, with bonus swastikas scrawled in black marker. Workers attempted to clean the base of the bronze statue, which depicts Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese, but were forced to cover the slurs with duct tape and tarp after they failed to come off. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating and will hopefully impose a lifetime ban from all things baseball on whoever is responsible.
Here's the sad scene:
Workers removing vandal spray paint from Jackie Robinson statue. Cyclones park pic.twitter.com/6VokOTmBI7— glenn schuck (@glennschuck) August 7, 2013
DEVELOPING: Jackie Robinson statue vandalized outside MCU Park in Coney Island pic.twitter.com/fkF5Lr0gwE— News12BK (@News12BK) August 7, 2013