LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped the “F-bomb” Monday while congratulating the Los Angeles Kings on their victory in the Stanley Cup Final.
KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports Angelenos’ reactions were mixed after the mayor let the expletive slip while hailing the Kings’ 4-1 series win Friday over the New York Rangers.
“There are two rules in politics: they say never ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and never swear, but this is a big f—in’ day; way to go guys!” he said while holding what appeared to be an aluminum Bud Light bottle.
A post on the official Twitter account for the mayor’s office reflected Garcetti’s comments: “There are a few rules in politics, one is never swear, but this is a #BFD”.
FOX Sports Network broadcaster Patrick O’Neal apologized for the mayor during a lull in the rally. Former player and now Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille also poked fun at Garcetti, saying, “Well, we told our players not to cuss. Thanks.”
Garcetti’s speech came hours before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sang “I Love LA” on Jimmy Kimmel Live to settle a Stanley Cup bet.
Garcetti was alongside the late night host in his Los Angeles studio.
“You’ve got to remember, we didn’t win at lawn-bowling, I mean we won in hockey,” Garcetti said. “So, kids out there, do not say what your mayor said today.”
The LA Kings won the title on home ice with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.
Some fans said despite the public outcry, they didn’t have a problem with Garcetti’s potty mouth.
“That’s the way people talk, it makes him a common, average person,” said one man. “We all talk like that, so what’s the big deal?”
Kings right wingman Justin Williams also showed support for Garcetti.
“I thought he had a lot of emotion in his voice, and as I said, if I wasn’t Canadian I’d vote for him, for sure,” Williams said.
Based on poll results as of Tuesday, 72 percent of visitors to CBSLA.com said it was unacceptable for the mayor to swear at a public event.
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