PLAYER’S HOME GETS BROKEN INTO
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.