Mural of Muhammad Ali vandalized in Kentucky

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FILE -- In this Jan. 10, 1974 file photo, Muhammad Ali punches a bag in his Deer Lake, Pa., training camp where he was preparing for his rematch with Joe Frazier. The rustic Pennsylvania training camp where Ali prepared for some of his most famous fights has undergone an elaborate restoration. The camp in Deer Lake opened to the public Saturday, June 1, 2019 as a shrine to his life and career. (AP Photo/ Rusty Kennedy)

Mural of Muhammad Ali vandalized in Kentucky

FILE -- In this Jan. 10, 1974 file photo, Muhammad Ali punches a bag in his Deer Lake, Pa., training camp where he was preparing for his rematch with Joe Frazier. The rustic Pennsylvania training camp where Ali prepared for some of his most famous fights has undergone an elaborate restoration. The camp in Deer Lake opened to the public Saturday, June 1, 2019 as a shrine to his life and career. (AP Photo/ Rusty Kennedy)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A vandal has painted the words ''racist,'' ''antisemitic'' and ''homophobe'' on a mural of boxing champ Muhammad Ali in Kentucky.

The words were painted in orange over Ali's portion of the ''Kentucky Rushmore'' mural that features other icons from the state, including Abraham Lincoln.

The mural is on the other side of a building that houses a candy store. The Courier-Journal quotes an employee at the shop as saying he first noticed the graffiti Wednesday morning.

The vandalism came days after Louisville's Ali Week, a celebration of the Kentucky native, who passed away in 2016.

The newspaper reports the words have since been painted over in white. It's unclear whether police have identified a suspect.

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