James Blake tackled, handcuffed by NYPD in case of mistaken identity http://t.co/uvMNdc8NrS
— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) September 9, 2015
This story has upset me a great deal. I cannot imagine what James Blake and his family are feeling at the moment. Sports are often a form of escapism for many, but this story shows that the dynamics of society are not divorced from the world of sport. This incident never should have occured. Why authority structures within US society quickly resort to violence is a live question. Racial profiling is another live question. These questions need to be raised and answers need to be given.
“You’d think they could say, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you. We are looking in to something.’ I was just standing there. I wasn’t running,” Blake told the newspaper. “It’s not even close [to being OK]. It’s blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn’t OK, but it seems that there’s no stopping it.”
“I have resources to get to the bottom of this. I have a voice,” Blake said. “But what about someone who doesn’t have those resources and doesn’t have a voice?
My first experience at a tennis tournament as a member of the press came at the final weekend of the 2008 Indianapolis event. James Blake lost in the semifinal round and came to do his post-match interview right after the match ended. I am at a loss for what more to say.