Statue of Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson defaced

Brooklyn Currents | 8/07/2013 | 0 comments

Police are searching for a vandal who scrawled vile messages on the iconic statue of Jackie Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese in front of the Cyclones stadium in Coney Island.

An MCU Park manager found the hate-filled scrawls invoking Hitler and racial epithets on Wednesday morning, Aug. 7

A portrait of the Brooklyn Dodgers' infielder Jackie Robinson in uniform from about 1945. 

Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson, circa 1945.
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The grotesque graffiti, which included swastikas, was written on the stone base in thick black ink, and couldn't immediately be removed. Workers meanwhile draped over the portion of the base.

"It's an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did," said Cyclones spokesman Billy Harner.

He said the hate-crime likely happened sometime after the Cyclones game Tuesday night.



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