A newspaper received an anonymous call from a man who claims the bacon found scattered in a Staten Island park where Muslims gathered for Ramadan prayers was not a hate crime.
Th caller left a voice mail at the Staten Island Advance saying he had discarded bacon that had gone bad in the field for seagulls and other animals — not as part of an anti-Muslim message.
"I was reading the article about the horrible incident of bacon and Muslims in the park and I wanted to let you know that is not my intention," the male caller told the paper.
The NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. It was informed of the call but declined to discuss it.
The bacon was found Sunday in a section of the New Dorp Beach park where Muslims were celebrating the end of the month-long fasting of Ramadan.