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Couth or Not? Los Angeles Mayor Drops the F-Bomb

Eric Garcetti gets carried away, celebrating the Kings' victory. Do you give him a pass?

Mayor Eric Garcetti. Patch file photo.
Mayor Eric Garcetti. Patch file photo.

Editor's note: Video above is not bleeped. Originally posted at 2:42 p.m. June 16, 2014. Edited with new details.

Mayor Eric Garcetti was a little overly enthusiastic during today's rally celebrating the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup victory, dropping an F-bomb while addressing thousands of fans at Staples Center, on live television.

Garcetti, wearing a Kings jersey, stood at the microphone on the Staples Center ice, 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 a roar from the crowd and laughs and applause from the Kings players.

And just to show that the off-color language was no mistake, the mayor's office then posted on Twitter, "There are a few rules in politics, one is never swear, but this is a #BFD."

Following the mayor at the microphone, former player and now Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille poked fun at Garcetti, saying, "Well, we told our players not to cuss. Thanks."

The rally was being televised live on Fox Sports West, and a commentator apologized to viewers after the network failed to censor the offending word.

During an appearance on the ABC late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" later today Garcetti said, "I got a little ahead of myself... You gotta remember, we didn't win at lawn bowling. We won in hockey. Kids out there, do not say what your mayor said today."

--City News Service


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE MAYOR'S CHOICE OF WORDS? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS:


ginny lande June 18, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Absolutely NOT THE POINT...you just don't get it! It has nothing to do with whether or not your kids have heard it OR used it, or whether you are a grandmother.....
ruth June 19, 2014 at 01:39 PM
The L.A. Times David Z. article about the F-bomb received 159 comments. More than any other article most likely. However, the L.A Times removed all comments and scrubbed the article,. The three or four or bagillion follow up L.A. Times articles had no comment sections. They shut down the discussion. Wonder if The L.A. Times commenters, if the majority of them had sided with Garcetti (they didn't) would the Times have gotten rid of them?It's pathetic how this horrible excuse for a newspaper continues to protect him, and why most Angelenos don't know and will never know all he is up to, has been up to, at City Hall. For goodness sakes, Mr. Zelig knowingly violated federal FCC laws, in a calculated move to change his image, to be more 'accessible' seeming.. Sadly, he is who he is, whomever he is 'hanging' with that day. No matter what he does: leaving the scene of his car hitting a pedestrian, saying he saw nothing, ignoring communities and costing the city millions in avoidable law suits, ignoring communities and inviting developers to build on dangerous active earthquake faults, green lighting many dangerous projects with no seismic studies, while accepting bribes from wealthy developers, getting govt. promise funds to his developer boss's areas and projects, while needy communities cry out about being snubbed...No comments from him..ever..He always gets a free pass and enablers like the L.A. Times, continuing to shield him, keep it that way...
Penny Arévalo June 19, 2014 at 02:16 PM
well, you're always welcome to comment here! :-)
Sean McCarthy June 19, 2014 at 03:47 PM
The Los Angeles Times is approaching irrelevance, especially when it censors comment concerning comments made by elected officils. We need news outlets that will challenge the ststus quo, not run defense for them. These comments must be having an impact on City Hall. Keep it up.
ginny lande June 19, 2014 at 06:26 PM
IF and that is a BIG IF, City Hall even sees these comments

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