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Baseball legend's statue defaced with Nazi graffiti

Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
August 8, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Swastikas and racial and anti-Semitic graffiti has been painted on a statue of baseball legend Jackie Robinson on display outside MCU Park in New York.

The statue shows Pee Wee Reese with his arm around Robinson and commemorates the moment at Cincinnati's Crosley Field when Reese, playing before his family, showed his solidarity with Robinson amid ugly backlash about the integration of Major League Baseball.

The New York City Police Department is investigating the incident at the Coney Island ballpark. There is video surveillance outside the ballpark, a Cyclones spokesman said. "This is being treated as a bias crime," detective John Nevandro of the 60th precinct said in a statement. "Hate Crimes will investigate the incident."

Team employees successfully removed the graffiti from the metallic statue but were having difficulty eradicating it from the stone base. They covered up what could not be removed so fans were not subjected to seeing the epithets upon arriving for a day game between the Brooklyn Cyclones and Connecticut Tigers.

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