Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  22 responses

Omri Casspi Mural Defaced By a Swastika

The Sacramento PD is looking into a possible hate crime, after getting a call about Casspi’s mural having a swastika painted on it. From the Sac Bee: “Police Department spokesman Officer Konrad von Schoech said a report was received about noon Wednesday that a swastika had been painted on a plywood mural at 16th and R streets. The backward swastika was painted on the forehead of Kings player Omri Casspi, who is from Israel. ‘This act of hate and intolerance is despicable and cowardly,’ said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg in a written statement. ‘It is all the more offensive because it occurred on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish new year. As residents of Sacramento, we are fortunate to live in a community that respects and draws strength from our individual differences. But we also are united in condemning the cowardly acts of those who wish to sow fear, hatred, and anger toward others based on their religious beliefs.’”

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  • Young C

    I swear people have no heart, no character. I hope they find who did this. Really messed up.

  • http://hurricane823@yahoo.com jusitn

    stupid people in the world

  • Brett

    some people should have just been swallowed


    So true @Brett.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Horrible. What a disgrace.

  • http://www.twofistedpress.com Pve84

    I’m still trying to figure out how this could be considered as a “possible hate crime”…what are the alternative labels?

  • Ziva

    could have been just a troll (lookin for attention) and his internetz wuz down

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com Masr

    Martin Luther King Jr, JFK, Gandhi, and countless others lost their lives trying to bring peace to this earth and make a better future. With the way so many things are today sadly, it looks like they died for the present and nothing for the future. Whoever did this is a scumbag.

  • http://www.slamonline.com niQ

    Backward swastika? Does that mean they screwed up? On another note, correct me if I’m wrong but, doesn’t drawing the swastika backward have meaning Hinduism?

  • http://www.slamonline.com niQ

    *meaning in Hinduism?

  • Zeiram


    Not sure about hinduism but is the symbol of Buddhism.
    I doubt it very hard though that anybody had Buddhism in mind when doing this.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I too doubt that it was a Buddhist who made it, but can you imagine if it was, and he read this and was just very frustrated about the corruption of his faith’s symbol. Buddhists would hate Hitler if they were allowed to do that.

  • Robb

    @niQ yes it’s a symbol of buddhism.

  • JD

    Yeah but i doubt that someone would draw a hindu symbol on the forehead of an Israeli player. Its just sick. I cant understand why someone would do that.

  • http://slamonline.com kane

    the swastika is a good luck charm in buddhism, it was also used by the jews during the roman empire and other cultures around the world. Hitler took it as a symbol to present Germany as a Aryan nation

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    niQ: They drew it on Omri Casspi’s forehead. Charles Manson had a backwards swastika drawn on his forehead so when he looked in the mirror, it looked correct.
    That was probably those punks intention.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    my sig other is a buddhist and it pisses her off that nazi took a peaceful symbol and turn it into evil.



  • The Philosopher

    “When I stand on the mountain, and say do it, it gets done!”
    “And, if it don’t get done, then I’ll move on it.”
    “And, that’s the last thing in the world you want me to do.”
    (Charles Manson)

  • MikeC.

    As far as Manson goes, it wasn’t his intent to have a swastika on his forehead. In an interview that was referenced in the book Helter Skelter, Manson said he meant to carve an ‘X’ on his forehead to show the world that he’d been crossed out and that the criminal justice system would try to make him disappear. When his carving healed into a scar, it looked like a swastika. However, Manson was/is anything but stable, so who knows what he actually meant.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    The level of people in this world keeps dissapointing. Tasteless act.