By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This morning, ESPN did a segment called “Face to Face with Hannah Storm” with former tennis player James Blake. The entire interview was about an incident that happened to him during the U.S. Open in New York.
In Sept., he was aggressively tackled to the ground and hand-cuffed outside of a midtown hotel by a New York Police Department officer. The official thought that Blake was a theft suspect.
In a few days, Blake will be returning to the Big Apple, as he runs in the New York Marathon. On Sunday, Nov. 1st, he’ll join other runners in the historic marathon.
“I’ll probably be tired,” Blake said of seeing NYPD during the run. “But I’ll shake as many hands as possible (with NYPD). They should be off with their families watching football.”
The 35-year-old Blake has called for the officer to be fired. However, currently, he’s under an internal investigation that may lead to his firing.
Outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, he suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg. After the first cop took him down, four additional plainclothes officers joined the first officer.
He was held for 15 minutes, and the NYPD officer covered up the arrest. If it wasn’t for Blake bring it to the national media’s attention, this incident may never have been brought up.
“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” Blake told the New York Daily News at the time. “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”
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