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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Vandals mark racial slurs, images on Jackie Robinson statue

WTKR.com

NEW YORK (CNN) — A New York newspaper is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the “lowlife” who defaced a statue of Jackie Robinson outside the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball stadium.

Vandals marked racial slurs and symbols on the sculpture of Robinson and teammate Pee Wee Reese sometime between the end of the Cyclones game Tuesday night and 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the New York City Police Department.

A swastika, “anti-Semitic comments” and the N-word were written in black marker on the statue and its base, officials said.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the matter as a possible bias incident. The Cyclones and police are reviewing security camera video, hoping it will lead them to a suspect or suspects, said Brooklyn Cyclones director of communications Billy Harner.

No arrests have been made.

The New York Daily News on its front page Thursday…

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