Knicks villain Trae Young reacts to receiving write-in vote in New York mayoral election
Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young achieved Public Enemy No. 1 status with New York Knicks fans during last year’s NBA playoffs, but that didn’t prevent a citizen residing in the Big Apple to submit a write-in vote on his behalf in the city’s recent mayoral election.
To no surprise, the Knicks heel loves it.
Young received one write-in vote in last month’s NYC mayor election, according to a New York City Board of Elections report released this week, according to ESPN.
The young Hawks superstar took to Twitter to react to the notion that some jokester living in New York utilized the write-in option on the ballot to sarcastically throw his support behind Young.
The vitriol felt by Knicks fans toward Young stems from the Hawks guard’s antics in last year’s first-round showdown. While the No. 5 Hawks went on to take down the No. 4 Knicks in a 4-1 throttling, it was Young’s conduct during Atlanta’s 107-105 Game 1 victory at Madison Square Garden that got Knicks fans in an uproar.
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’s taunts made so much noise in New York that even Mayor Bill de Blasio called out the sharpshooter over it.
The Hawks star then stuck a dagger into the heart of Knicks Nation in cold-blooded fashion when Atlanta eliminated New York in Game 5 by a score of 103-89 at MSG with some more hijinks to go along with 36 points … not to mention a tweeted taunt thrown in afterward for good measure.
It merits noting that athletes receiving write-in votes in NYC’s mayoral election is a time-honored tradition. One-time Knick Kristaps Porzingis received one when still with the team back in 2017.
This year, Knicks players Julius Randle (six), RJ Barrett (three) and Kemba Walker (one) received votes, with Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau receiving three, per ESPN.
Brooklyn Nets players Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden, meanwhile, each netted one write-in vote in the election.
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, however, led all Big Apple athletes with nine-write-in votes.