Vandals Deface Jackie Robinson Statue With Racial Slurs & Swastikas

Published:1:37 pm EDT, August 7, 2013| Updated:3:03 pm EDT, August 7, 2013|
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The famous Jackie Robinson statue outside of MCU Park on Coney Island has been vandalized. Spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs cover the monument of the Hall of Fame inductee. The statue depicts the famous pose of Robinson and Pee Wee Reese from 1947.

“Immediately we went into action to try to clean it and remove the graffiti,” said Billy Harner, Director of Communications for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The graffiti was discovered this morning, hours before the Cyclones' 11 a.m. game against the Connecticut Tigers. The slurs have been temporarily covered by duct tape pending a more permanent solution, reports CBS Local.

The Cyclones organization is going through security tapes to investigate the incident.

Twitter responded this morning to the racially motivated vandalizing:

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