De Blasio Bashes LA Angels For Charging Security Detail For Tickets

Rich Lamb
February 20, 2020 - 5:15 pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio attended a Los Angeles Angels game last year and since then, a bit of a controversy has emerged.

During his brief presidential campaign in 2019, de Blasio traveled to California and took some time to see the Angeles take on the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim.

However, the Angeles charged his seven-member security detail $500 in tickets to enter the stadium, and Mayor de Blasio wants a refund.

“I was out/in the Los Angeles area for a variety of reasons. The fact is, I think, that, any sporting event, that the home team should allow law enforcement in without any charge. I don't understand why the angels did that,” the mayor told reporters.

New York City taxpayers footed the bill for all seven security members to attend the Aug. 30 game, and de Blasio says the team should refund the NYPD.

“I don't know what the angels were thinking about,” de Blasio said of the cost. “It’s ridiculous.”

De Blasio also defended the use of taxpayer money to pay cops to protect him during failed presidential run, saying, “The NYPD makes those decisions.”

The Angeles did not say if they would be refunding the ticket costs.