A horrific act of vandalism has caused widespread outrage after swastikas and racist slurs were found splashed across the historic Jackie Robinson statue outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium. The NY Daily News is offering a 10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction.
A manager at MCU Park in Coney Island stumbled upon the defaced statue about 8:30 a.m., just hours before thousands of kids showed up at the ballpark for Camp Day.
Among the hate-filled messages written in black marker on the monument of Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese were: “Hile (sic) Hitler,” “Die N—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson and all N——s.”
In a bid to help cops catch the hate-filled coward, the Daily News is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Investigators were poring over surveillance video Wednesday night.
NY Senator Chuck Schumer, made a surprise visit to the site. He had the following to say about the incident.
“I hope you’re punished for what you did because what [you] did put a dagger in the heart of what America is all about,” Schumer said.
“That there are still people who don’t understand what Jackie Robinson stood for in his grace, and his strength and the beautiful person he was and to try and deface him, defame him by defacing this statue is just an act of . . . it’s beyond words to me,” he added.
See photos of the vandalism below.
[via NY Daily News]