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Jackie Robinson statue defaced with swastikas, racial slurs

Aug 7, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

Jackie Robinson

Proof that there are some horrible, horrible people in the world: Vandals have defaced the famous statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese standing arm-in-arm outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium in Coney Island. Among the messages written on the statue: “Heil Hitler,” “Die n—-r,” “F–k n—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson.”

An NYPD spokesman tells NBC Sports that a black marker was used to write the racist statements, and that the matter is being investigated by the hate-crimes task force.

Billy Harner, director of communications for the Cyclones tells NBC Sports via e-mail that “Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese embody the humanity and inclusiveness that make our borough, city and country great.  It is both heartbreaking and deeply disturbing that this statue, which is a symbol of equality and tolerance, has been defaced in such an offensive and hateful way.”

As this picture shows, the Cyclones have covered up the base of the statue pending it being cleaned up.

Just atrocious.

134 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. rcali - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Let’s not jump to conclusions on who did it. Lot of people trying to start race wars.

  2. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Odds are it was a liberal trying to get sympathy. Just like the n word at the tea party. Liberals always fake hate crimes.

    • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      You sure you’re not just poor dim Barry in drag? It’s hard to believe that their could be two teabaggers that hopelessly stupid on the same blog.

      • sandrafluke2012 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Not a “teabagger” but nice stereotype/ bigoted thought

      • yahmule - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        The only thing that lends the slimmest bit of credence to this theory is that all the words were spelled correctly.

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        And yours wasn’t? Come on. You don’t even know what “bigoted” means, and the only thing stereotypical about it was that you’ve got to be as stupid as a teabagger to make a comment as vile and stupid as yours. We’ve watched your imbecile ravings here before and still haven’t quite figured out how you escaped from Yahoo blogs. This one was probably the dumbest of them – and that’s really saying something.

      • 950003cups - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        What happened is pure stupidity. It fuels racism on both sides. Black and white people have not gotten very far over the years as far as tolerance towards eachother. It’s possible it may never happen. If you’re black, it doesn’t give you the right to use “N” and then cry foul when a white person uses it. If you’re white, using the old “some of my closest friends are black” doesn’t give you a pass to use it either.

        Blacks and Whites are both racist. People are under the impression that black people can’t possible be racist. Of you believe that, try visiting this as a tiny example.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        An unfortunate fact of life is that there are racists of every political affiliation. Even in 2013.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      The fact that you not only dragged politics into this situation but that I also think you believe what you typed is really despicable. Shut your mouth about your whackjob beliefs and lets just agree that who ever did this (conservative, liberal, gerbil, what ever) is a complete fuckface, shall we?

    • cornbreadbbqred - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      I’d like to teabag a tea partier!

    • cornbreadbbqred - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Odds are you are just as brainless as the person who did it. If you have any sense of history inherited from your elder generation in your family life, you must have been fed with a poison spoon when it comes to envisioning a better society.

  3. atlwmn - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    So much for all the people who claim that the South is the only place to find racism. It’s everywhere folks, quit stereotyping.

    • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Who here said the South is the only place to find racism in the first place? Like straw men, do you?

  4. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM whi.te pp.l kill them all!!!!

    • raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Not cool, even as a joke. I hope you get blocked.

    • bmosh99 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      what exactly do you plan to accomplish with this statement. I’m white and admire Jackie Robinson and am very sad to see something like this.

    • badintent - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Does that include all the Jewish lawyers that wrote the Civil Right Act so you could get the right to registrar to vote, right to vote and right to sue the KKK out of existence.?? Yeah, that’s exactly what I thought. You didn’t know jack sh*t about that. Class dismissed.Chumpass

      • steelcurtainwereonpedstoo - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:04 AM

        Yes, all Pale ppl

      • steelcurtainwereonpedstoo - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM

        Wanna learn something? Read ‘the new Jim Crow’ then get back to me..

  5. thomas844 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    The people who did these stupid things want one thing: Attention. They don’t even deserve the attention you gave them with this article.

  6. retief1954 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    And conservatives are trying to tell us that America is post-racial now, that racism isn’t an issue any more… as usual, actual, real life flies in the face of conservative assertions.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Nice generalization, and like most generalizations not entirely incorrect. I’m conservative, and I have never said anything as idiotic as racism or prejudice being a thing of the past. Indeed, generalizations like yours are themselves prejudicial (prejudice does not require race).

    • thomas844 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      I’m conservative and America being post-racial has never even been a thought for me. Why speak for an entire group of people like that?

  7. joj0420 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM


  8. raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    This is awful. I don’t care if it was actual white supremacists, someone trying to stir up anti-white feelings, or just bored punks. There is no room in civilized society for people who would do this.

    • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      My vote is for bored punks. This jerk will have less time on his hands once his junior high school equivalency diploma courses start up again after labor day.

  9. Walk - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I saw the headlines for this story all morning and skipped it until now. I did not want to start my day off angry, I failed to consider I might be going to bed angry as well. I understand someones opinion may differ, but I thought we were getting past things like this.

    • sparky1002 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Hard to believe that, especially when a black man in the Whitehouse engenders the Republican opposition to be so creative in the ways they make up lies and half-truths to instill hatred among their base towards the man. Better to see racism for what it really is and take steps to lessen the offense, as most “hated liberals” have done. Just look at the way the southern influenced KKK has increased their membership for proof that overt racism is alive and well in “old dixie”, even though most of the “dixiecrats” ancestors have since evolved into racist Republicans….Republicans that would do well to remember human beings deserve to be judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Some people who want an end to “affirmative action” would do well to stop being the kind of racists that drive the need for it. True…racists are not restricted to a particular region in the US, like Republicans, they can be found in every state…the only question is the degree racism is advocated and tolerated by them.

      • The Grand Occident - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        “Just look at the way the southern influenced KKK has increased their membership for proof that overt racism is alive and well in “old dixie”

        Increased their membership? What’s your source? Where’s your proof?

        I suspect you’re just another liberal idiot who lives in fantasy land. Conservatives are idiots as well for not acknowledging the biological facts about race.

  10. watchfullhose - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM


  11. mmmpierogi - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Even in spite of how awful it is that someone would do something like this, A-Rod will yet again manage to dominate discussion on the radio for the 50,000,000th day in a row tomorrow while this story will hardly get any notice. That’s what I get for listening to ESPN New York on the way to work …

  12. donth8thehorns - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Any fool that compared this to Riley cooper needs to get a clue!
    Often times these things are done by young kids looking to stir a controversy , not realizing the magnitude of the prank!
    Foolish and dumb, but comparing it to a drunk comment made for “effect” is simply reaching

  13. cavemanna - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Whatever happened to sticks and stones? It was a crappy thing to do, no doubt. But newsworthy? Society sucks

  14. charlton62 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    I get it. There are alot of us & there’s plenty of hate to go around. But only two kinds of people sneak up on statues and vandalize them in the night; crazy or cowards. Perhaps some combination of the two.

    Seriously, Jackie Robinson? Would you kick Mother Theresa in the knee? Do you drown puppies on the weekends? Does your mother call you never?

  15. teedraper - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM


    You’re exactly right. These crackers go crazy when anything disrespects the holocaust yet we’re supposed to get over the use of the N Word when I’ve never heard a black person refer to each other as a nigg “ER”…never. I’ve heard nigg “A”…yet these dumb ass crackers think its the same. Dog smelling muthas!

  16. cavemanna - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Your a racist…..

  17. foreverchipper10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I’m too slow for all the race talk.

  18. jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Death to all racist scum!

  19. contrarianjon - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Somebody better check the Eagles practice schedule

  20. baredon - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Someone wake up Jesse Jackson, so he can jump on this bandwagon….

  21. The Grand Occident - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Looks like I’m not the only one tired of the constant “42” propaganda.

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