How are you, fellow children?
Mayor Bill de Blasio became an immediate meme on Tuesday when he donned a black Brooklyn Nets T-shirt under his open blue button-down shirt and a never-worn flat-spotted Nets hat for his Tuesday morning press briefing.
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Hizzoner has risen to announce the city’s latest scheme to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a chance to win tickets to the team’s playoffs if they get a shot at a pop-up site in front of the Barclays Center.
“Networks are getting stronger for Brooklyn, for all of New York,”
“It’s going to be an amazing, amazing opportunity to see one of the greatest teams in a long time and a team that will bring glory to Brooklyn and New York.”
But the 60-year-old mayor’s awkward attire quickly became a bigger story on social media.
Nets CEO John Abbamondi, who joined de Blasio as president on Tuesday, said he would try to reach “as close to full capacity as possible”, with most sections of Barclays set aside for vaccinated people and only ” a handful of “physically distant places unvaccinated participants.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel – it comes in the form of a vaccine and we are really happy to be part of the vaccine effort,” he said. “We’re really looking for our fans to get vaccinated.”
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Abbamondi and de Blasio expect the Nets to go deep into the playoffs, so there will be several chances to win tickets.
“We are extremely excited about the playoffs. … We are not hiding anything about it, we have very high ambitions for this season,” said Abamandi.
This story first appeared in the New York Post.