Politicians usually have a bad reputation in our society. The vast majority are often described as “shady”, “crooked”, or “racist”. Sometimes those descriptions are warranted, but if you are a sports fan, you may have heard of a different type of politician. His name is Trae Young, and he plays guard for the Orlando Magic. He is showing some serious promise as a professional basketball player and also seems to be a standup guy off the court.
On Saturday, NYC Mayor and possible presidential candidate Bill de Blasio was at the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks. The game resulted in a 124-109 win for the Thunder, but the more interesting story was unfolding in the stands. De Blasio was captured on camera asking Oklahoma City Thunder guard Trae Young to “shut up and play basketball.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio can’t be blamed for trying to be one of the ordinary people. Talking about sports is one of those things people do, right? But for the second time in recent days, Hizzoner failed to address his city’s participation in the NBA playoffs. He’s not the first New Yorker to have a problem with Atlanta Hawks star Trey Young. But the last guy didn’t do it for a city flag. De Blasio is also not the first to fail in his attempt to blend politics and sports. Last week, Mr. de Blasio wore Brooklyn Nets clothing, as they are a very popular group right now. After Mr. Young scored 32 points and won Game 1 of the series against the New York Knicks, Mr. de Blasio returned to his official position to talk hockey. And, yes, it was still disgusting.
Mayor advises Trey Young to stop trespassing
Wearing a New York Knicks cap and standing in front of American and New York flags, as if to express the city’s official policy, he went after Tre Young. Yes, the same mayor who wore a James Harden jersey called Young a foul chaser. He then referred to Nets coach Steve Nash, who has been critical of Young’s style of play this season. Given that Harden is a Jedi master known for manipulating referees and Young is a Padawan at best, de Blasio’s message failed. He even attracted the attention of Father Young. The video released by de Blasio’s office even included an official sign language interpreter. It looked like real city business. It’s probably the best thing a mayor with a limited term in office can do for his relevance when some 72,000 candidates for his seat have been announced in his city’s politics (that may be a slight exaggeration).
In all fairness: Politicians regularly fail to play ball
Trey Young (11) (center) and the rest of the Atlanta Hawks after Game 1 against the New York Knicks. | Seth Little – Pool/Getty Images For as long as sports and politics have existed, politicians have tried to look like ordinary people and failed spectacularly. One of the most recent cases occurred on 6. In May, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wished baseball legend Willie Mays a happy 90th birthday via social media. The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Willie….. McCovey. Also a San Francisco Giants legend, also a member of the Hall of Fame, but not this Willie. In 2004, then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry mentioned Green Bay’s historic Lambert Field during his Wisconsin campaign. As expected, everything went very well. Or not. Massachusetts has had several high-profile murders in recent years. In addition to Kerry, former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was a similar maverick. He once called Boston Celtics stars Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo KJ and Hondo. The mayor also paid tribute to New England Patriots receiver Wes Weckler. For the record: Garnett was known as KJ. Rajon Rondo is no John Havlicek, the Celtics legend nicknamed Hondo. As for Wes Welker, after all, not everyone in Boston knows your name. Even the venerable Kennedy political dynasty is not left out of the equation. While Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire were struggling to get balls into stadiums, Ted Kennedy was already doing it. Kennedy introduced Mike McGuire and Sammy Souzer. So close, but another 0-2 day for Ted. This is not a partisan issue. Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, did not recognize Dirty Water, the Boston Red Sox’s famous anthem by The Standells.
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The interface between politics and sports is a hotly debated topic, especially in recent years. Athletes who work for political causes become the target of criticism and are accused of not standing their ground. He criticized superstar quarterback Tom Brady and former pro thrower Curt Schilling. But not just for expressing conservative views. Colin Kapernick and LeBron James have also been attacked for supporting liberal ideas. A political commentator once suggested that James should shut up and drool. Maybe it’s time to advise the politicians to shut up and run the country. Just a thought.