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Fan unapologetic for pulling Canes jerseys off statues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A local resident, unapologetic about his actions, rebuked the North Carolina Historical Commission for not being more upset when state monuments were garbed in Carolina Hurricanes jerseys.

"Do you think Andrew Jackson, sitting majestically on his horse
while wearing a Hurricanes jersey was awe-inspiring and
thought-provoking?" Davis Jones told the commission. "No, it was
a distraction and derailed the purpose of the monument to both
educate and honor."

"I considered it not only a responsibility, but a duty to go
down there and take those jerseys off."
Davis Jones

Jones, 49, was issued a citation for injuring the personal
property of the state on May 24, when he removed the jerseys from
the Union Square monuments. The statues were decorated for the
Hurricanes' playoff run.

Hurricanes staff then removed the rest of the jerseys.

The Hurricanes, who own the jerseys, decided not the pursue the
case. The charges against Jones were dropped Friday.

Commission Chairman Jerry Cashion said he was taking steps to
ensure that it didn't happen again.

"I share the outrage over the desecration of the monuments,"
he said.

Hurricanes spokesman Howard Sadel said the team would probably
not put jerseys on the statues in the future.

Jones, who said he's a fan of the Stanley Cup champions, did not
apologize.

"I considered it not only a responsibility, but a duty to go
down there and take those jerseys off," he said.

The statues also were adorned in jerseys in 2002. But the
commission was not contacted either time for permission as statutes
require.

Jones said state Administration Secretary Britt Cobb gave the team permission to put up the jerseys.