Omri Casspi Mural Defaced With Swastika
Painting Vandalized Just Before Jewish Holiday
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A mural featuring Sacramento Kings small forward Omri Casspi was defaced with a swastika just before an important Jewish holiday.
The mural is near 16th and R streets in midtown Sacramento, about a half-block from Fremont Park.
Casspi, who is Jewish, was raised in Israel and is the only NBA player born in that country.
The vandalism was reported Wednesday morning; the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset Wednesday.
Based on a preliminary investigation, Sacramento police said the vandalism might be investigated as a hate crime.
Jewish leaders said the vandalism shouldn't be taken lightly, calling whoever did it a "village idiot."
Images -- Mural Vandalized
"This kind of attacks on people on the basis of their religion or whatever doesn't -- it doesn't belong in this country. It's not what we do, it's not our tradition," said Barry Broad of the Jewish Community Relations Council.
He added that the swastika was backward, "so he's a particularly dumb Nazi sympathizer, or whatever he is."
Anyone with information on the case should call Sacramento police at 916-264-5011.