Former tennis player handcuffed

Former tennis professional James Blake said he wants an apology after a case of mistaken identity led police to handcuff him and throw him to the ground.

“I’d like an apology,” Blake said on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“I’d like an explanation for how they conducted themselves because I think we all need to be held accountable for our actions, and police as well.”

Police commissioner William Bratton said he’d been trying to reach Blake by phone to apologise but Blake hadn’t responded to messages.

He also said his department wants Blake to speak to its Internal Affairs division.

Blake said he was standing outside Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday waiting to head to the US Open when he looked up from his mobile phone and saw an officer charging him.

He said he was body-slammed. He told officers to check his identification, and he was released.

The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge while the matter is investigated.

Bratton told CNN the man officers were seeking looked like “the twin brother of Mr Blake.”

A co-operating witness had misidentified Blake to detectives investigating fraudulently purchased mobile phones, said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.

“I was standing there doing nothing, not running, not resisting, in fact, smiling,” said Blake.

Blake’s last tournament was the 2013 US Open. He as once ranked as high No 4 in the world.


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