Police are hunting for a vile vandal who scrawled swastikas and vulgar racist slurs on the famous Jackie Robinson statue outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium in Coney Island, the New York Daily News website reports today (August 7, 2013).
A manager at MCU Park stumbled upon the defaced statue at about 8:30 a.m. today, police said. Robinson was the first black player in Major League baseball.
Among the hate messages written in black marker on the monument to Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese was "Heil Hitler." (Others are too vulgar to be written here.)
"The statue is a symbol of tolerance," said Billy Harner, director of communications for the Cyclones. "It's an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did."