Retired sportscaster Warner Wolf arrested for vandalism in Florida
A retired MLB sportscaster was charged with a felony after allegedly vandalizing a sign in his Florida community that he considers “racist.”
81-year old Warner Wolf was taken into custody after defacing a sign that included the word “plantation” at his gated community, Classics Plantation Estates.
Surveillance video shows Wolf breaking off letters from the sign that spelled the word “plantation” at the entrance to his private gated community with a tool on Nov. 30, according to the police.
Wolf allegedly drove up to the gate on Dec. 13 and gave the broken letters to a security guard to pass along to the property manager.
He was let go on $5,000 bond after turning himself in to police on Thursday for felony criminal mischief charges.
He allegedly caused $1,100 in property damage.
Wolf, who is white, was allegedly angry about the name of the community and the historical context of the word “plantation.”
He had complained about it at community meetings, according to police.
“He had his opinions about how it was a racist word and he didn’t feel that it should be in the name of community, although plenty of communities throughout Florida use that name,” property manager Ken Heff told the Naples Daily News.
Wolf was a sportscaster for years before entering retirement.
He announced Major League Baseball and the Olympics for ABC, as well as other sports. He also made an appearance in Rocky IV as himself.
According to Fox, he’s known for the catchphrase, “Let’s go to the videotape!”