Arthur Ashe Statue Spray-Painted With ‘White Lives Matter’

(RICHMOND, Va.) — A statue of African American tennis legend Arthur Ashe on Richmond, Virginia’s Monument Avenue has been vandalized with the phrases “White Lives Matter.”

Photographs present the bottom of the monument tagged with white spray paint and the phrases “white lives matter” in addition to the initials “WLM.” These initials had been then later painted over with “BLM.”

Richmond Police mentioned they had been alerted to the vandalism about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. Police say crimson paint on the statue itself was already being cleaned off by neighborhood members.

Police mentioned they’ve data on potential suspects and are asking the neighborhood to name their Crime Stoppers line if they’ve data on who’s liable for the vandalism.

The Arthur Ashe monument was devoted in 1996 to memorialize the Richmond native and counterbalance the string of statues on Memorial Avenue devoted to Accomplice leaders.

The vandalism of the Ashe statue comes as a number of Accomplice statues have been toppled, vandalized and slated for elimination within the metropolis throughout protests prompted by the loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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