Lemieux statue vandalized in Pittsburgh
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The statue of Mario Lemieux outside Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena was spray-painted Saturday.

Protests across the United States began this week and continued into the weekend in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died Monday after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while holding him in handcuffs.

Floyd's death was the latest example of police action leading to the death of an unarmed black person.

The Lemieux statue was erected in 2012 to honor the career and achievements of the legendary former Penguins forward.

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