PLAYER’S HOME GETS BRO­KEN INTO

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moonachie, n.j.» Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a break-in and the scrawl­ing of racist graf­fiti at the New Jersey home of a Gi­ants player.

The break-in at Nikita Whit­lock’s home is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a hate crime, Moonachie po­lice Sgt. Richard Behrens told the Hackensack (N.J.) Record. Jew­elry and elec­tron­ics were also stolen, he said.

Whit­lock, who is black, showed re­porters the graf­fiti — “KKK,” a swastika and other racial slurs — on mul­ti­ple walls in­side his fam­ily’s home. The name “Trump” was also writ­ten on the wall in marker.

Whit­lock is a full­back on the in­jured re­serve list with a foot in­jury. He was sus­pended for 10 games with­out pay in Septem­ber for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances.

“They broke in, they van­dal­ized, they shared their opin­ion — they could have shared it on Face­book, but they de­cided to share it in this fash­ion,” he told the Record on Thurs­day. “I think the one thing that does dis­turb me more is the fact that peo­ple are us­ing (Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald) Trump’s name. To me, it’s like, OK, you be­lieve Trump be­lieves cer­tain things. But he wasn’t here. This was a per­sonal de­ci­sion, not a Trump de­ci­sion. So next time, write your name on the wall.”

Po­lice be­lieve Whit­lock’s home was bro­ken into Tues­day night. The side door win­dow was cracked, and the metal wiring was man­gled.

Whit­lock, who lives with his wife, 6-year-old son and 4month-old daugh­ter, told the news­pa­per there was an at­tempted break-in three weeks ago and it feels “like some­body was def­i­nitely try­ing to get us.”

Po­lice are ask­ing neigh­bors for any se­cu­rity cam­era video.

RG3 gets start for Browns.

Robert Grif­fin III, who hasn’t played since in­jur­ing his shoul­der in the Sept. 11 sea­son opener at Philadel­phia, will start Sun­day against the Ben­gals as the win­less Browns (0-12) try to avoid be­com­ing the sec­ond team in NFL his­tory to go 0-16.

Grif­fin broke a bone in his left shoul­der in Cleve­land’s 29-10 loss to the Ea­gles.

He was re­cently cleared for con­tact and coach Hue Jack­son se­lected him to be the starter fol­low­ing two prac­tices af­ter Cleve­land’s bye week.

The Browns placed him on in­jured re­serve with the idea Grif­fin could re­turn, and Jack­son will make his sixth quar­ter­back change in his first sea­son with Cleve­land. Af­ter Grif­fin was in­jured, the Browns also started Josh McCown (three games) and rookie Cody Kessler (eight).

The team has been un­able to find a fran­chise quar­ter­back for more than a decade and the Browns are giv­ing the 26year-old Grif­fin a chance to re­vive his ca­reer, which ended af­ter four sea­sons with Wash­ing­ton.

Al­ford signs ex­ten­sion.

The Fal­cons an­nounced a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion for cor­ner­back Robert Al­ford. Mean­while, wide re­ceivers Julio Jones (turf toe) and Mohamed Sanu (groin) and of­fen­sive tackle Jake Matthews (knee) missed another day of prac­tice.

Mangold done for sea­son.

The Jets are plac­ing Nick Mangold on in­jured re­serve with an an­kle in­jury, end­ing the star cen­ter’s sea­son and pos­si­bly his ten­ure with the only NFL team he has played for.

Mangold ag­gra­vated an an­kle in­jury dur­ing the Jets’ 41-10 loss to In­di­anapo­lis on Mon­day night.

The team de­cided to shut down Mangold, who will be re­placed by Wes­ley John­son at cen­ter. John­son filled in as the starter for four games af­ter Mangold ini­tially in­jured his an­kle against Bal­ti­more on Oct. 23.

The 32-year-old Mangold, a first-round pick in 2006, is due nearly $6.075 mil­lion in base salary next year and the Jets could save $9.075 mil­lion on the salary cap by cut­ting him.

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