A bad sport enraged by the results of a youth basketball game responded by sending a barrage of vile, anti-Semitic text messages to an athletic official at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, according to the New York Daily News.
Police have opened a hate crime investigation after a female worker at the Center complained.
“I am about to put the JCC back in the concentration camp,” one text read. Another made reference to “Hitler Nation.”
Police apparently have an idea of who sent the messages, but the investigation is still ongoing.
Ruth Lasser, a spokeswoman for the JCC, said the texts stemmed from a teen basketball league game at the organization’s Avis/South Shore center in Arden Heights, but she couldn’t say when the game took place.
“I do know that there was a dispute of some sort that came as a result of it,” she said. “The texts that followed were about some sort of unhappiness about that game.”
She called the texts “very disturbing.”
“The JCC has a long history, sports and activities that teach you not only the programs, not only the sport, but also sportsmanship,” Lasser said. “We work very hard to make sure we instill the right values, so it is disturbing.”