October 27, 2020

Tennis star James Blake recounts being tackled by police before the U.S. Open

By Shannon Connellan

Tennis star James Blake recounts being tackled by police before the U.S. Open

Stories of racism and police brutality deserve to be heard and amplified, especially during this time of protest and calls for action following the police killing of George Floyd, who died after three police officers pinned him down, one kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

One such story is that of tennis star James Blake, who joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to recount the time in 2015 when he was tackled by a police officer ahead of the U.S. Open, in which he was doing some sponsored appearances.

Waiting outside his New York hotel to be driven to the tournament, Blake was slammed into a wall by officer James Frascatore, thrown to the ground, handcuffed, and held in custody for about 10-15 minutes. “They said I looked like a suspect,” he said. “Turns out the suspect was for a credit card scam they were running, nothing violent, no reason in my opinion to necessarily tackle someone.” …

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