Sportscasting legend Warner Wolf defaces sign at his gated community, removes the word ‘plantation’: Cops

Authorities in Florida say an iconic sports broadcaster has been arrested on suspicion of defacing a sign posted at the entry of a private community in Naples.

According to NBC News, 81-year-old Warner Wolf is a resident of the Classics Plantation Estates gated community.

He is accused of using a tool to remove the word “plantation” from the sign during an incident in November. Investigators say surveillance footage provides evidence of his involvement in the crime.

The president of the homeowner’s association reportedly indicated that Wolf had previously complained about the word’s inclusion in the name of the community and on the sign. Reports indicate the suspect did not reveal a motive for his alleged involvement.

He allegedly resorted to criminal means when the board did not address his grievances, according to the New York Times. The sign he is accused of vandalizing was displayed near a water fountain in the community.

Police became involved after Wolf allegedly took the removed portion of the sign to a community security guard with the instructions to deliver it to the community’s property manager.

Officials indicate the cost incurred by the damage to the sign is expected to be $1,140.

Wolf was arrested after he surrendered to authorities at the Naples Jail Center on Thursday. Court records indicate he posted $5,000 bond the same day and was released from custody.

He is expected to face a charge of criminal mischief.

Wolf was a longtime ABC announcer who is credited with establishing the often-used sporting phrase,”Let’s go to the videotape.”

[Featured image: Warner Wolf, Collier County Sheriff’s Office]