The entire point of the Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese statue erected outside of the Brooklyn Cyclones’ stadium on Coney Island is to commemorate how far we as a society have come in relations between races.
Unfortunately, some awful people showed us recently just how far we have left to go. According to the New York Daily News, the statue has been defaced by punks (for lack of a better word).
A manager at MCU Park stumbled upon the defaced statue about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, cops said.
Among the hate-filled messages written in black marker on the monument to Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese were: “Heil Hitler,” “Die n—-r,” “F–k n—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson.”
Obviously, those within the organization were not impressed.
“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.”
We here at Gamedayr completely, wholeheartedly agree. Hopefully the police find whomever has done this before some random, angry civilians do.
Above is the photo of the defaced bottom portion of the statue covered up. Below is how it is supposed to look.
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[H/T: NBC Sports]