James Blake Tackled by NYPD

What is this world coming to?  Almost every day we hear stories of misconduct by police officers.  When will it stop?

Abusing power, abusing authority.  Brutal beat downs, senseless killing.

Can you name a few?

Just pull up an article on police shootings, or brutality in recent years.  So many unarmed citizens have had to pay the ultimate price at the hands of the police.  I am not a judge, nor jury, but people are up in arms over the way hundreds of incidents have been handled by police in recent years.  In the age of technology, dash cams, vest cameras, etc., so many of these are now caught on video telling a story so different than what the cops say.

The latest involves the man whose foundation I am raising money for.  James Blake was slammed to a Manhattan sidewalk and handcuffed by a white cop in a brutal case of mistaken identity.  This all taken from the NY Daily News, James suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg as five plain clothes cops eventually held him for fifteen minutes yesterday outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  Blake told the Daily News that it was definitely scary and definitely crazy.  “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”

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Blake said none of the cops identified themselves, and later when a former cop recognized who he was, was released.  The first cop involved never apologized to him for the takedown.  An investigation will surely ensue, and the latest I’ve read is that the officer that took James down has been placed on desk duty.

Just Google James Blake NYPD and all sorts of stories will pop up that you can read, but to me, this is just another case of excessive force used by the police when completely unnecessary.  It’s sad that this had to happen to James, and I wish him well.  After all, he has a marathon to run in several weeks, so thankfully his injuries weren’t worse.  I do think that James Blake, being in the tennis world, during the U.S. open, has a voice that will be heard, whereas if this happened to someone else, it probably wouldn’t be a story that may evoke change.  I hope some good comes from this nonsense.

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James Blake is a fine, upstanding family man.  He is an ex-pro tennis player and is an amazing example of sportsmanship and charity.  His foundation, which raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering In New York, is the reason I am running the New York City Marathon this year.  I joined James’ foundation charity team, and have been raising money for the last few months to aid in the research efforts.  I pledged a donation of at least $3,000 and am making great progress toward my goal.  Please help if you can.

Donations can be made directly to my fundraiser here….

A New York City Marathon Surprise!

As you all may have heard, ahem…  I am running the New York City Marathon this Fall.  I am running not because I got in through guaranteed entry (I’m not that fast, seriously), or the lottery.  I joined a charity team, and will be running the streets of NYC as part of the James Blake Foundation charity team.

I’ve blogged about it several times, reaching out for donations for this great charity.  As a matter of fact, several bloggers/runners/social media acquaintances have already donated.  THANK YOU!  If you haven’t donated yet, and have either promised me you would, or were “waiting on that next paycheck”, well, now is your time.  Today is Friday.  It’s Fundraising Friday, and it’s payday!  Step up.  Race day is getting closer and closer, and let’s face it, it’s for a good cause.  Be charitable, it will make you feel good heading into the weekend.

https://www.crowdrise.com/jamesblakenyc2015/fundraiser/paullaviska

Yep, click on the link above, it’s pretty easy to donate.

the big news?  The surprise?  Well, get this.  I got an email from the charity group two days ago with some big news.  I was told some time ago that there would be big news coming around the time of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.  The tourney starts next week, so the news came a bit earlier than I expected.

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Do you know who that guy is?  It’s James Blake.  Former World #4, tennis player extraordinaire.  Now retired from tennis, but still doing boatloads of charitable work.  It is his Foundation that I am raising money for.  The email I got?  Oh, it was the announcement that James would be running the NYC Marathon!  Very exciting news.  Not only will this generate a lot more attention to his charity, but I’m sure I will get the chance to meet him, if not even run with him some.

He has never run a marathon before, and claims it will probably be the only one he runs.  I may not be able to beat him on the tennis court, but I may be able to best him on the streets of New York!

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With this form, how could I not beat him?  Lol

Well, it’s not about who wins, but about raising money for cancer research.  I want to raise as much money as possible so when I hit the streets of NYC, I feel proud and accomplished.  I want to be able to look James in the eyes when we meet knowing that I did everything possible to help.

Please consider a tax deductible donation today.  Thank you!

Father’s Day Donut Run

To my Dad:  I love you, and thank you for loving me unconditionally for 44 years.  I thank you for the lessons in life, and I thank you for your often times quiet support from afar the last 33 years.

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To my kids:  Thank you for allowing me to love you unconditionally.  Thank you for loving me through thick and thin, and for becoming great young men under my guidance.  When I’ve made mistakes, we’ve both learned from them.  When you’ve made mistakes, I’ve tried to give you a better path.  I hope I’ve given you the tools to become great fathers one day.  A Dad is very important, and I am thankful that I went down the path of fatherhood.  Oh, and thank you for the donuts, too!

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Because of my early morning breakfast treat, I am going to partake in one of my favorite activities while you do the dishes and clean the bathroom today.  After all, I can’t eat donuts without trying to work them off this aging body.  A four mile run is in order.   Hold down the fort, I will return…

Happy Father’s Day to of all the awesome Dad’s out there!  Hope you get to enjoy some of your favorite things today, including the kids.