“Heil Hitler” and “Die N-----” are just two of the phrasings that were discovered on a Jackie Robinson statue outside a Brooklyn Class A stadium Wednesday morning.
Among the hate-fuelled scrawlings are swastikas and other racist slurs.
"The statue is a symbol of tolerance," said Billy Harner, director of communications for the Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets affiliate that hosts games at the venue.
Butler went on to describe the defacement to the New York Daily News as a “tragedy.”
The monument features statues of Robinson and his former Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese side by side.
Police continue to investigate the matter that is believed to have occurred shortly after a Cyclones game Tuesday night.
Robinson is credited with breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947 as the first African American in the majors.
The league retired Robinson’s No. 42 in 1997.