An independent investigation by the Civilian Complaint Review Board determined that the NYPD used excessive force when officers wrongly arrested former tennis player James Blake in September while conducting a credit card fraud sting.
The NYPD has released video of officer James Frascatore taking down former pro tennis player James Blake outside of a Manhattan hotel on Wednesday. It shows Blake leaning against the hotel when Frascatore throws him to the ground. Blake didn’t appear to flee or even move as Frascatore approached him.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has personally apologized to James Blake after an officer tackled and roughed up the former tennis pro outside his Manhattan hotel Wednesday, but more details are leaking about the identity theft sting that nabbed the wrong black guy, and it looks like a clusterfuck.
Former No. 4 ranked tennis player James Blake was tackled and handcuffed by five plainclothes officers outside his hotel in Manhattan today, according to the New York Daily News. The cops misidentified Blake for a suspect in an identity theft ring.
A 5,800-square-foot Tampa home belonging to retired tennis star James Blake went up in flames early this morning, and authorities confirm they have found four bodies inside. A spokesman for Blake's foundation told WTSP-TV that Blake was not at home at the time of the fire.
Dylan Stableford is filing occasional reports from the U.S. Open here in New York City. (Well, Queens.) Here's a missive from last night's epic James Blake-Fabrice Santoro matchup. (Trust us, it was epic.)
When I was a young tike, I thought Andre Agassi's flourescents were about the coolest thing in the world. Much of my self-esteem was derived from owning a pair of the shoes pictured at the bottom of this poster, even if I couldn't get them until long after they were considered cool. Okay, I'm wearing them right now.
Suggested questions for today's ESPN SportsNation chatters ...
· 11 a.m.. MLB With Buster Olney: Come on ... you KNOW who's tested positive, don't you? Just tell us. Come on. You know you want to.
· Noon. MLB With Steve Phillips: Aw, man, nobody tells Steve Phillips anything. No point in even asking.
· 2 p.m.. Tennis…