Mariano Rivera Hopes Jackie Robinson Statue Vandals Will Be Caught

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera has condemned the defilement of a Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park at Coney Island.

Rivera told the New York Daily News Sunday he hopes police find whoever scrawled the messages of hate in black marker. Rivera, who wears a No. 42 jersey as Robinson did, said the vandalism was disrespectful and unacceptable.

On Wednesday, a swastika, along with the phrases “Heil Hitler,” “die n****r,” “f**k n****r,” and “f**k Jackie Robinson” were all found scrawled on the statue, which depicts Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in a famous pose from 1947, 1010 WINS reported.

The Department of Parks and Recreation removed the graffiti from the statue on Thursday.

But police have not arrested anyone in connection with the defacement and are still investigating.

By Saturday the reward offered in the search for the slur scrawling suspects…

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