LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City Council members Tuesday defended Mayor Eric Garcetti’s use of an expletive during a rally celebrating the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup victory and urged the public to “move on” after the incident.
“I think he was genuine, and he was excited and he was emotional,” City Council President Herb Wesson said after this morning’s Council meeting. “It’s time for us to move on.”
Garcetti, wearing a Kings jersey, used the word while he stood at the microphone on the Staples Center ice Monday and told the crowd there are a few rules in politics.
“They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and never swear, but this is a big (expletive) day,” Garcetti said, drawing laughs and applause from the Kings players and mostly cheers from the crowd.
Fox Sports West commentator Patrick O’Neal apologized to viewers of the rally, which was televised live, after the network failed to censor the mayor’s comment.
KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports that while speaking Tuesday at a luncheon for the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Garcetti said he was caught up in the celebratory moment when he unleashed the expletive.