A longtime sports broadcaster who was at ABC Sports and who reportedly started the catchphrase “Let’s go to the videotape” was arrested in Florida for allegedly defacing a sign. TMZ reports that Warner Wolf is accused of ripping the word “Plantation” from a sign at a private community.
“Long story short … Wolf lives in a gated community called ‘Classics Plantation Estates’ in Naples, Florida (about 60 miles from Miami) … but he thinks the word ‘plantation’ is offensive and wanted it removed,” TMZ reports. “According to the police report, Wolf had lobbied the homeowners association to drop it for months — but on Nov. 30, the 81-year-old finally took matters into his own hands.”
Police say Wolf, who joined ABC Sports in 1976 and also had jobs with WABC-TV and WCBS-TV, among other TV outlets, drove to the sign, which is situated in a fancy fountain, and used a tool to remove the word.
“Officials say they have video showing Wolf defacing the sign — and after a lengthy investigation, he finally surrendered to police on Feb. 7,” TMZ reports. “Also, cops say Warner returned the letters from the sign to the community security guard.”
Wolf was reportedly booked for criminal mischief resulting in more than $1,000 in damage, which is a felony. He was released on $5,000 bond, according to TMZ.