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James Blake’s eventful week


“This shouldn’t have happened and he shouldn’t have been treated that way.”

-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Recapping James Blake’s unfortunate yet eventful week here in case you missed any of it; Yonkers-born James Blake has long been a crowd favorite at the US Open (J-Block, anyone?) His stay in New York City was  rudely interrupted, by the New York City Police Department, who mistook him for a credit card fraud suspect, slamming him to the ground and handcuffing him. He was leaving the Grand Hyatt New York on East 42nd Street Wednesday around noon, headed off to a sponsor event at the tournament.

This is what it looked like- there’s Blake standing up against the wall.

Predictably, apologies all around from New York’s Finest.

“I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologized for yesterday’s incident. Mr. Blake indicated he would be willing to meet with the Internal Affairs Bureau as our investigation continues. Additionally, he said he would be returning the Mayor’s earlier phone call to speak to him. Mr. Blake said he would like to meet with the Mayor and me at a future date, which we would be agreeable to.”

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton

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