Robinson statue in Brooklyn vandalized

Robinson statue in Brooklyn vandalized

Robinson statue in Brooklyn vandalized

Sometime between Tuesday night and the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Jackie Robinson statue outside the Brooklyn Cyclones' stadium in Coney Island was vandalized, leaving it covered in racial slurs and swastikas.

Law enforcement officials are searching for suspects, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

The vandalism was discovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. by a manager at MCU Park. The vandalized portions immediately were scrubbed in attempt to remove the markings, but the cleaning was unsuccessful on various parts of the statue's base, which forced stadium officials to cover it with garbage bags.

"The statue is a symbol of tolerance," said Billy Harner, director of communications for the Cyclones, according to the Daily News report. "It's an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did."

The statue, unveiled in 2005, features Pee Wee Reese with his arm around Robinson, an iconic image derived from a moment in 1948 when fans shouted racial slurs from the stands.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.