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Jackie Robinson Statue Vandalized

Eric Parra |
August 7, 2013 | 7:31 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Surveillance cameras are being investigated (espn)
Surveillance cameras are being investigated (espn)
In the Coney Island area of New York, an unidentified suspect vandalized a statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in Brooklyn. The statues have been littered with various swastikas and racial slurs.

From USA Today

“The statue, which stands outside the home of the Mets’ Class A Brooklyn Cyclones in the Coney Island neighborhood of the borough, commemorates the moment when Reese put his arm around Robinson in front of a hostile crowd at a game in Cincinnati during Robinson’s first season in the Majors.

It’s an awful thing to do. The moment the statue celebrates, though possibly apocryphal, represents one of the most transcendently beautiful in the history of the game. It’s the type of thing that can make you tear up if you think about it long enough, and it’s sickening to think that someone – anyone – might want to deface a representation of it for any reason.”

A spokesperson from the Cyclones told officials that they are currently reviewing surveillance tapes to find any clues to who the suspect could be, and are currently blocking the vandalized statue from the public. A cover has been placed over the base of the statue and will keep it hidden until the slurs and graffiti have been cleaned off.



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