Legendary sportscaster Warner Wolf arrested over gated community sign

  • Legendary sportscaster Warner Wolf arrested over gated community sign

Legendary sportscaster Warner Wolf arrested over gated community sign

The sportscaster is facing a felony charge after police say he damaged a sign outside his Florida community because it included the word "Plantation", which he considers racist.

In a report obtained by the New York Daily News, the 81-year-old removed the letters from the Classics Plantation Estates community on November 30.

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Police were called to the gated community on December 15 after residents complained about the vandalized sign, the Miami Herald reported.

According to a police report from the Collier County Sheriff's Office obtained by the Miami Herald, a CCSO deputy responded to a call on December 15 about a defaced sign at the entrance to Classics Plantation Estates, where homes go from around $749,000 to $1.4 million, according to its website. "The individual letters spelling "Plantation" appeared to have been intentionally broken off of both sides of the sign".

In the clip, a man can be seen removing letters with a tool, The Miami Herald reported.

Wolf had been complaining about the name (also a city in Broward County) to his homeowners association, but no action was taken.

The arrest report also said Wolf found the word offensive because of its historic context, according to Fort Myers' WINK-TV.

'Nevertheless, the witness, who personally knows Warner Wolf, positively identified Warner Wolf as the same person in the surveillance video damaging the sign'.

He left custody on Thursday on a $5,000 bond, jail records show. An attorney for Wolf could not immediately be found.

He later worked as a local sportscaster with WABC-TV in NY and WCBS-TV.

The local ABC and CBS great was famous for his "Let's go to the videotape" catchphrase.