By Cindy Boren and Marissa Payne December 8
Nikita Whitlock called for an end to “oppression, violence, racism, hatred” the day after vandals scrawled racist messages on the walls of his Bergen County, N.J., apartment during a break-in.
Whitlock, a 25-year-old running back for the New York Giants, found “KKK,” “Go back to Africa,” “f—— n—–” and a swastika were left behind in his basement apartment while he, his wife and two young children were out Tuesday evening.
… He shared images of the break-in, the second at his home since Thanksgiving, on Instagram (they are disturbing and can be seen here) and wrote: “Racism is real and instead of close to home this time they came inside. My family is safe but we are saddened by the hate. Thanks to the Moonachie Police Department for all of your help! #Haters #Racism #AllLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #SidelineRacism.”
… The burglars took jewelry and video game systems while leaving behind other electronics. …
Police continue to investigate the incident as well as the other incident, which occurred over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Whitlocks say they have been planning to move even before the first break-in. This one raises the level of insecurity that a burglary leaves in victims to a new level, though.
“It’s about to be 2017,” Nikita Whitlock said. “Oppression, violence, racism, hatred, violence — there’s no need for that.”
Whitlock’s teammate Victor Cruz agreed when asked about the incident by reporters on Thursday, calling it “a direct reflection of how this country’s being run” and pointing to the election of Donald Trump as a possible catalyst.
“I think there’s a specific mindset that comes with supporting a guy like Donald Trump and supporting what he stands for, and there’s a certain type of person that comes with that,” Cruz said (via the New York Daily News). “I’m not sure that person is always a positive-minded person.”
Cruz added: “As a minority you have to be careful.” …
Trump has rejected claims that he doesn’t value all Americans while at times embracing wide support from the alt-right movement during his campaign.
Trump appeared to change his tune after the election, however, when he told the New York Times in an interview in late November that he “disavows the group,” which puts white nationalism and sexism at the core of its ideology.
“It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why,” he said, according Michael Grynbaum, one of the Times reporters in the room.
From New Jersey.com:
Racist graffiti at Giants player’s home investigated as hate crime
Andrew Wyrich , Staff Writer @AndrewWyrich 7:14 p.m. EST December 8,
“KKK,” “Trump,” and swastikas were drawn on walls in Whitlock’s home after the Tuesday night break-in.
Moonachie Police are investigating the incident
MOONACHIE — Shortly after Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock recounted to The Record the feelings of disappointment and confusion that have emerged since his home was broken into on Tuesday night and defaced with several racially charged epithets, local police announced they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Whitlock returned home with his family on Tuesday night and found “KKK,” three swastikas and other racist language scrawled onto the walls of home. The largest word, “Trump,” was also written in marker on the wall leading up his staircase.
Also from NewJersey.com:
Cruz links Giants teammate’s break-in to Trump election
Tara Sullivan , Sports Columnist, @Record_Tara 9:28 p.m. EST December 8, 2016
Nikita Whitlock hasn’t really been around the Giants much this NFL season, a foot injury putting him on injured reserve before games even got under way. But the vandalism, including racist graffiti, and burglary of Whitlock’s Moonachie home sent shock waves through the Giants’ locker room Thursday, with teammates expressing concern, support and anger over what happened.
No one was more vehement than veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz, the Paterson native who did not hold back about why he believes the perpetrator or perpetrators felt emboldened to do what they did, tying the mind-set directly to the election of Donald Trump as our next president.
“If you listen to anything that [Trump] says, if you listen to the comments that’s he’s made about women, or the comments he’s made about minorities or the comments he’s made about people that he feels are somewhat of lesser value, they haven’t been positive,” Cruz said after the Giants practiced Thursday.
“They haven’t been for us, haven’t been for minorities. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I’ve heard anything he’s said that benefits us or that helps us. When you have someone that embodies those mind-sets and those opinions and someone else supports those opinions you can’t think of anything positive about that. You can’t think of anything that person that follows Donald Trump that they’re going to do something positive. And for someone to vandalize someone’s house and write Trump’s name or whatever they wrote on the walls is just proving that exact fact, that people that may follow him aren’t necessarily the most positive people in our communities.” …
Cruz expressed similar concern, but couldn’t hold back his anger.
“I think it’s definitely a direct reflection of how this country’s being run,” he said, “of how this country is reacting to some of the decisions and some of the ways that this country is being run, things that are being said at the helm of this country and at the helm of our day-to-day lives. Our day-to-day, from social media all the way up to the White House, these are things that are being spoken of and being talked about on a daily basis, the good and the bad. Moreso the bad at this point right now because that’s all we have to work with. It’s just an unfortunate situation we’re going through right now.
“I think there’s a specific mind-set that comes with supporting a guy like Donald Trump and supporting what he stands for,” he said. “There’s a certain type of person that comes with that. And I’m not sure that person is always a positive-minded person if you know what I mean.”
ESPN mentions that Whitlock claims that the Trumpite burglars stole his jewelry.
From the comments to the first article in NewJersey.com:
It’s very curious that Nikita Whitlock.. who has been cut from 2 different teams (CIN, DAL) practice squads.. who literally has 0 offensive statistics as a Giant, is currently suspended 10 games for PEDs and will likely be cut by the Giants in the offseason.. all of a sudden is the victim of a ‘hate crime’.. Seems awfully convenient. And I’m a life long Giants fan.
From New Jersey.com in September:
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on September 15, 2016 at 4:29 PM, updated September 15, 2016 at 4:51 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD — Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock has been suspended for 10 games after violating the NFL performance enhancing substance policy.
Whitlock is currently on injured reserve with a foot injury, but he will begin his suspension immediately.
While on suspension, Whitlock will not be compensated – players on IR still receive a salary – and will not be able to have contact with the Giants, or use team facilities and resources for rehabilitation. Players are allowed to have contact with their teams while on suspension in order to arrange off-site medical treatments, however, according to the league.
Suspensions are announced once a player accepts the league’s ruling, or exhausts all appeal options.
Whitlock’s 10-game suspension indicates this is his second PED violation. He was suspended for four games in 2014 when he was a free agent, but since he was not with a team, the league never announced the reason for his suspension.
According to NFL policy, Whitlock will be suspended [at] least two seasons if he violates the policy a third time, and his reinstatement after two years would be at the sole discretion of the commissioner’s office.
Whitlock starred on special teams last season for the Giants while playing sparingly at fullback. He also moonlighted as a defensive tackle. But his roster spot was very much in question this preseason before he suffered a season-ending foot injury and was waived/injured.
Whitlock cleared waivers and reverted to the Giants’ injured reserve. He is set to be a earnings restricted free agent after this season. His 2016 base salary is $525,000, according to NFLPA records.
I can kind of feel sorry for Whitlock: everything you read about him includes the word “undersized.” His natural position is defensive tackle, but in high school he was 5’9″ 175 pounds. Now he’s still only 5’10″. He’s pumped himself up 250 pounds to play some fullback, a little defensive line, and to hustle on special teams, but he keeps getting caught for the PEDs he uses to get massive enough to hang on, barely, in the NFL so that he can be called “undersized.”
The ongoing convergence of iSteve topics — such as PEDs and hate hoaxes — goes on …