Legendary Sportscaster Arrested for Making Florida Sign Less Racist

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Warner Wolf, an 81-year-old sportscaster who announced baseball, football, and the Olympics for ABC in the 1970s and popularized the phrase “Let’s go to the video tape” removed the word “Plantation” from a sign in his gated community, Classics Plantation Estates, after criticizing the neighborhood’s name for being racist.

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Wolf was arrested after Naples, Florida police went to the video tape (you see how that couldn’t be avoided) and saw him using a tool to remove the letters spelling “Plantation.”

This story gets better, according to Buzzfeed News. Wolf has been a longtime critic of having the word in the neighborhood’s name, frequently objecting at community meetings. A witness reported seeing Wolf standing in a fountain near the offensive sign on November 30 removing the letters. Then, on December 13, Wolf drove up to the security gate and handed off the purloined letters to a security guard “with instructions to give the broken letters to the property manager.”

Wolf turned himself in to authorities on February 7 and was charged with criminal mischief. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

Florida is often in the news for all the wrong reasons—looking at you, face licking city commissioner—but this is a little bit of all right.

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Mia Thompson

If you look at his old clips, you’ll see he stood up for decency and civility throughout his career. I remember specifically his coverage of a John McEnroe temper tantrum. Mr. Wolf was not amused. He’s a good man, and he’s aging well.