This is disgusting! Who said racism and bigotry is behind us? Seriously?
Sacramento police are investigating the vandalism to a mural of Sacramento Kings‘ player Omri Casspi, who is from Israel, as a hate crime because of the swistika etched on the Caspi mural’s forehead. The mural’s artist says it has been vandalized before.
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Passersby said they were caught off guard when they noticed a swastika had been scratched between the Jewish athlete’s eyes on the mural on 16th Street and R Street. It also appeared as though someone had tried to scratch the symbol away.
“It’s weird to think there are people like that still out there,” said Ravina Bhan.
With no surveillance cameras aimed at the mural, police don’t know when the vandalism took place. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, even though the swastika was drawn incorrectly.
“It’s backwards, so he’s a particularly dumb Nazi sympathizer,” said Jewish Community Relations Council member Barry Broad.
“He’s got to feel like there are people out there who hate him because of his religion and nationality,” Broad said.
The mural’s artist repaired the damage and covered the symbol Wednesday afternoon. It is the second time the mural has been defaced, he told CBS13.
Casspi reportedly has been visiting the Middle East over the past few days, speaking to children about peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Sacramento Kings have not commented on the incident.
Casspi signed with the Kings last year. He is the only Israeli player ever chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft.
(courtesy CBS 13)