New York mayor Bill de Blasio calls out Trae Young after Knicks’ loss to Hawks
Trae Young’s antics following the Atlanta Hawks’ Game 1 victory Sunday over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden certainly rankled the fan base of the Big Apple-based team. Apparently, the animosity presently being directed at Young out of New York has even reached the upper levels of City Hall.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio got in on the Young hate during a press conference Tuesday. Regaled in a Knicks hat, de Blasio called out the young Hawks star for apparently “hunting for fouls” and evidently not playing the game the right way.
The nature of the vitriol targeting Young stems in large part to the Hawks guard’s heroics in the closing seconds of Sunday’s Game 1, as well as the immediate moments afterward.
Young hit the game-winning shot on a drive to the basket and a converted floater with less than one second remaining to give the Hawks a thrilling 107-105 victory. What’s more, Young taunted the MSG crowd after his big shot, much to the presumed chagrin of Knicks fans in attendance and those watching on television.
Young said after the game that he relishes the notion that Knicks fans may now view him as a villain.
“I definitely know the history of players coming in here and being hated,” Young said, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. “Like I said, I take that as a compliment to be honest with you. Obviously I’m doing something right if you hate me that much. I embrace it and try to focus on my team and trying to help my team win. At the end of the day, we’ll get the last laugh if we do that.”
As far as de Blasio’s input is concerned, it wasn’t the first time the mayor has thrown his support, as it were, behind a New York-based NBA team. Last week, de Blasio rocked Nets gear for a press event during which it was announced vaccination event at Barclays Center.
de Blasio was dragged, mocked and ridiculed on social media over his awkwardly appearing Nets’ hat and jersey ensemble. The expectation is that the mayor may receive similar treatment for his Knicks cap, although the team’s fans will certainly support him vilifying Young.
In any event, Knicks fans will get their opportunity to boo Young to their hearts’ content once Game 2 tips off at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.