A month removed from his erroneous takedown at the hands of a New York Police Department officer on September 9, former ATP World Tour star and current USTA foundation chair James Blake spoke out on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. Among other topics, Blake addressed whether his case received preferential or “special” treatment; his thoughts on officer, James Frascatore; the Black Lives Matter movement; and much more.
Blake recently joined Twitter, catalyzed in part by his newfound second wind of fame in light of Officer Frascatore’s alleged use of excessive force.
If somehow you’ve lived under a rock for the past month, here’s the footage of the force that brought Blake to the ground outside a Manhattan hotel:
This hardly comes as the first time Blake has addressed or appeared in the media-and-entertainment realm as a result of the incident that befell him. Titled “Misblaken Identity,” here’s Seth Meyers’ withering assault on the faulty logic that led to his arrest (Blake was handcuffed for 15 minutes at the time), caused by an officer mistaking him for the man in an Instagram photo who, it turned out, was also innocent. Innocent and Australian and not stateside at the time of the credit-card fraud that Blake was supposed to have committed. Indeed, count ’em: five civilian complaints of excessive force in but seven months on the job for Officer Frascatore. Now that is tough.
In shooting his five-minute segment over the weekend, Blake was no stranger to Lemon’s show, having appeared there just three days after he was wrongfully arrested.
It likely won’t get better for Officer Frascatore in this fracas. And you know what? That can be all right. As fiery as he often was on the professional tennis court, Blake was often a living portrait of Zen away from competition. This case should be wrapped in about a month’s time, he says. He has to be thinking that everything in this case will soon be in its right place.
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