Netball Court Use Suspended Due To Vandalism

September 17, 2018

Use of the netball courts at Bernard Park has been “suspended until further notice” due to offensive messages being left on the court, with the Bermuda Netball Association explaining that they do not want their members to be subjected to the “defamatory and discriminatory” messages.

Bermuda Netball Association President Kimale Evans said, “As a result of the most recent vandalism at the Bernards Park Netball Courts, it is with regret that we inform you all use of the courts has been suspended until further notice to allow for Youth, Sport & Recreation to carry out the necessary maintenance.

“We the BNA take this very serious and do not want any of our members to be subjected to any form of defamatory and discriminatory dialect. We will not aid in desensitizing our members both young and young at heart.”

As of this writing the vandalism remains visible, and the photo below is taken from a distance as the words are too offensive to fully depict, as the messages are of a violent, homophobic and racist nature.

Bernards Park Netball Court Bermuda Sept 17 2018

A police spokesperson said, “Sometime between Thursday night [September 13th] and Friday morning [September 14th] a vandal yet again defaced the surface of the Netball Court on Dutton Avenue in Pembroke in an act of wilful damage, with the suspect[s] writing offensive language.

“Police have commenced an investigation and we are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information that may lead to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) to contact police on 295-0011.”

Unfortunately this is not the first time the netball courts have been vandalized, in fact it has been a repeated occurrence.

The acts of vandalism have varied from paint being thrown on the courts to cooking grease, glass and trash being thrown on the courts; with the vandalism now escalating to include highly offensive words.

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  1. aceboy says:

    What is wrong with these people?

  2. Charming says:

    And yet again Bermuda shows its ugly face to the world.

    So proud again to be Bermudian.

    The Gvrt needs to lead by example and strongly object to all forms of anti social and discriminatory talk.

    That might be hard given “tittygate”.

    very sad Bermuda…

    • Truthhertz says:

      What did it say?

    • Eye 4 and Eye says:

      How can the government object and repremand others when the person that have been elected as leaders have recently shown their own true colors without being penalized by the Premier or anyone at all in his own party.

    • Drama says:

      Oh shut up! Such a drama queen!

      • Part of the problem says:

        Just a shout down.

        Offensiveness should not be defended.

        Sad sad sad

      • Make a New Plan Stan says:

        I agree the comments are EXTREMELY dramatic…..”Bermuda shows its ugly face to the WORLD”!

        The WORLD. Is seeing so many levels of ugly that I am SURE vandalism on the netball court is not on the WORLD’S radar.

        It is completely unfair to the Netball Association though and I hope there are cameras and the authorities get to the bottom of this. People need a positive outlet and this is one of them.

  3. JohnBoy says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things. :-(

  4. Fur says:

    Is it possible to put a camera up to catch the horrible people that are vandalizing this area. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
    And once you catch them make them pay!!!
    There has got to be a way to stop these thugs

    • Mark says:

      Should do that to all the people who claim spots for 24 May as well.

  5. Me says:

    Jobs jobs jobs government ????……silent …waiting for bitcoin to employ our youth?

    • Imjustsaying says:

      Bitcoin is a bad idea.

    • Wahoo says:

      We need a chicken farm and more titty milk….just kidding we need good role models and we don’t have them in our government. Get on a school bus sometime, bitcoin and trips to DC won’t fix this dumb sh!+.

      • Drama says:

        You think role models in government make a difference to kids? BS!

        It’s the deadbeat and good for nothing baby mamas and daddy’s that are creating this problem! Preach that!

        • Wahoo says:

          Well maybe the baby mamas and dead beat daddy’s need some hard talk from the people who choose to “represent” them. The underlying message by their silence is that there is nothing wrong. They are not doing us or them any favors.

          • It seems that you like stereotyping Bermudians generally (which has subliminal racial undertones) dont forget that your Historical adventurous heroes who claimed to discover lands that were inhabited for thousands of years ( while you were discovering fire in the Caucasus Mountains), basterdised almost every isolated land of paradise and took the innocence of the exotic women and annihilated the ancient Culture and People with your germs and barbaric ways.
            And not too long ago you bastardised enslaved African girls and women (and boys) against their will which caused a generational effect.
            So before you go blowing your mightier then thou trumpet, everytime you point your finger, at least 3 of them point back at you.

            • Onion Puke says:

              Ahh, there you are with your usual drivel. Thought you might be sleeping in after your late night on the net-ball courts.

            • Anbu says:

              The usual comment from you. Everything is certain peoples fault. As usual. U will never ever accept or even acknowledge responsibility for your own shortcomings. Typical

            • aceboy says:

              Just hush with that victim nonesense.

            • wahoo says:

              Well I would say your reply has more racial undertones whether you realize it or not. But tell me who could do such a thing in your opinion. Try and leave exotic women out of the answer. Remember no matter how we got here we are here and I had no more to do with it than you did.

              • Not only are you ignorant on your ” no matter how we got here” comment, but even though we are all here the process the process African decendants here and abroad had to endure and still enduring proves that we are still ignororing the fact that Historical damage caused by a racist system on Africans has no long term effect.
                Mean While people got

                • Mean while people got counseling for 9/11 who were not directly in the area of New York which was a tragic EVENT, while Africans were living a tragedy for 3 centuries and a living in a racist system until now.
                  But we need to just get over it and move on.
                  But no matter how we got here we are here.

              • Are you serious

              • History always wins.

            • Toodle-oo says:

              You really live in your own delusional world, don’t you.

            • question says:

              so you did it then, OJ?

            • LaV says:

              Someone has taken over the Onion Juice account…this one can spell, and has a fairly decent grasp of grammar.

            • Justasuggestion says:

              How you got racism from that is crazy. Fact is vandalism occured. It will be cleaned at taxpayers expense. Can we not all just drop the race stuff and work together for a stronger fairer Country.

      • Oh go suck an egg, it aint like its a mass shooting at a school which is normal in some countries.

  6. spider says:

    Government insisted on a homophobic ideology of equality visa vie marriage so what do you expect. Gave licence to those on the fringes of normality in society to do whatever they wish.
    The reversal of these patterns begins with leaders who challenge the status quo and not by condescending politicians worried about their next vote.

  7. Double S says:

    so where is CURB’s outrage? Or is that a silly question?

  8. Question says:

    Some of these are sentiments seem fully supported by the government. It’s no wonder people feel like they can do this type of thing.

  9. Outrage says:

    We are not an uncivilized community. Why do not we promulgate uncivilized behavior

    Bermuda Government. Please begin to govern. You are making us worry that you are out of touch and incapable. Premier Burt…where do you stand on discriminatory/misogynistic/uncivilized discourse?

    Please speak up Premier, your mandate is not to run roughshod over common decency.

    Blessings abound.

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      So some fool spray paints graffiti (which was much more prevalent back in the 90′s compared to now) & somehow that is a reflection of a government out of touch? Yeah, OK.. Out of touch is on the money but it seems for you like it’s more of a self-reflection.

  10. hemmedin says:

    From what I can make out from the picture, this looks similar to that painted on the wall a few hundred yards further up Palmetto Road. Did they ever get whoever was painting similar stuff on the walls of Blackwatch Pass? All in the same area.

    • legalgal says:

      A case of “no s*** Sherlock” for the local Keystone Cops to crack. But with certain people more akin to the racist, sexist, homophobic criminals (no joking) who do this what hope do we have.

  11. Onion Puke says:

    Onion Juice up to his old tricks?

  12. Dread says:

    Were can I get “titty milk” from? That what it say’s.

  13. Oh,I see now says:

    Whomever would take the time to do something as antisocial as this needs their soul to be healed.Sad to say a person hurt this bad probably doesn’t recognize they are in pain and the trauma continues.

  14. Triangle Drifter says:

    Small minds at work. Who loses out by the netball courts being shut down? Who loses out when money that could be used doing something productive has to be used repairing damage these fools have done?

  15. Mia says:

    My daughter has waited patiently for the season to start and now this AGAIN.
    Sad State we are living in. It looks like someone has a personal issue with Netball. Channel your energy to something else and let those whom wish to do positive be.

    • PBanks says:

      Truth. This callous and disrespectful action has negatively impacted all the girls and women who play, not to mention the coaches, families and other spectators. Hope the courts are restored soon and the perp brought to justice.

  16. Listen to me says:

    Just put camera’s up.