Burglars smashed their way into the home of New York Giants player Nikita Whitlock on Tuesday night, then covered it with hateful graffiti and expletives.
The intruders scrawled racist slurs and phrases like “Go back to Africa” and “KKK” on the walls of the New Jersey apartment Whitlock shares with his wife and two children. Graffiti on one wall reads “Trump.”
Whitlock told CBS New York he had to cover up a swastika so his 6-year-old son wouldn’t see it.
“Racism is real and instead of close to home this time they came inside,” Whitlock wrote in an Instagram post that shows some of the slurs. “My family is safe but we are saddened by the hate. Thanks to the Moonachie Police Department for all of your help!”
Oppression, racism, hatred, violence, there’s no need for that. NFL fullback Nikita Whitlock
The robbers also made off with some jewelry and electronics, but curiously left other valuables behind, the fullback’s wife, Ashley Whitlock, noted.
This is the second time someone has broken into the family’s home in the last couple of weeks, and police are investigating both incidents. Whitlock’s agent told ESPN that their previous residence had also been burglarized.
“It’s about to be 2017,” Whitlock told CBS New York. “Oppression, racism, hatred, violence, there’s no need for that.”