A Viking statue is toppled in Philly, days before Minnesota arrive for NFL clash

It's probably a coincidence...
Author:
Publish date:

Well this is pretty symbolic.

Just days before the Minnesota Vikings – and the handful of fans brave enough to set foot in the city – arrive in Philadelphia, a Viking statue in the city has been pulled down and deposited in the Schuylkill River.

The 7-foot tall bronze statue of explorer Thorfinn Karlsefni, which has stood in the Boathouse Row area for 98 years, was toppled by a group of 6-7 people, Philadelphia police believe.

While a motive hasn't been determined, the consensus seems to be the statue was taken down in advance of Leif Erikson Day on Oct. 9, when the statue has become the site of an annual white supremacist rally.

The statue has been the scene of clashes in recent years between white nationalists and anti-fascist groups, PhillyMag reports.

That said, we can't help but think this is an almighty coincidental thing to happen just five days before the Vikings and the Eagles go head-to-head in the NFL once again.

Here's hoping the police show a little more effort in investigating this vandalism than they did stopping Eagles fans from throwing bottles at Vikings fans ahead of the NFC Championship game.

Does anyone know if there's a statue of Rocky Balboa in Minnesota we can pull down in retaliation?

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.

Sars-Cov-2

Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.

Related