Borough prez Eric Adams defends Brooklyn’s honor after basketball f-bomb
Toronto has been no stranger to controversy lately, but a little off-court tension between rival basketball teams resulted in choice words about Brooklyn.
Shortly before a Saturday playoff game between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, the Raptors’ general manager Masai Ujiri rallied fans outside the Air Canada Centre.
“I got one thing to say before we go into the game,” Ujiri shouted into the mic. “F–k Brooklyn.”
And while Ujiri earned the applause from the Raptors’ fans, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tut-tutted the expletive war cry.
“It’s unfortunate that the Raptors’ GM felt so desperate facing against our Nets that he would throw profanity around discussing our beloved borough, but I can’t say I’m surprised,” Adams wrote in a statement. “After all, Brooklyn is a classier place. Just compare Babs to Biebs, or spend some time with their…colorful mayor.”
Adams went on to say that he’d rather prove Brooklyn’s mettle on the court, offering a Brooklyn Brewery six-pack if Toronto took the game.
ESPN reported that Ujiri reflected on his choice of words at halftime.
“Wrong choice of words out there,” Ujiri said. “I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That’s it.”
The Nets beat the Raptors 94-87. They face off in Toronto again on Tuesday.
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