Jackie Robinson statue in Brooklyn vandalized

A worker is cleaning off the famous Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese statue that was defaced this week. Via @GlennSchuck on Twitter.

A worker is cleaning off the famous Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese statue that was defaced this week. Via @GlennSchuck on Twitter.

The statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese that sits just outside the entrance to MCU Park where the Brooklyn Cyclones play was vandalized late Tuesday or early Wednesday with racist graffiti.

Cyclones officials were quick to clean up the statue that was tagged repeatedly with the n-word and phrase, “Heil Hitler.” However, it was camp day at MCU Park which meant an 11:00 a.m. start so officials didn’t get it cleaned up in time for the start of the game and had to cover it up with tarp.

“I am beyond disgusted by the defacing of this monument to tolerance and civil rights in America’s Playground,” said an angry Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz told the Eagle’s own Ranaan Geberer. “This reprehensible behavior is a direct affront to the millions of Brooklynites that stand for diversity and respect. Whatever socially disconnected individual is responsible for this racist, anti-Semitic and frankly antisocial act is clearly consumed by self-hate.”

Check out Ranaan’s article for more on this story including reactions from other elected officials.