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Los Angeles mayor drops F-bomb during Kings’ Stanley Cup celebration

Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings minded their vocabulary. The mayor did not. (Harry How / Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings celebrated their Stanley Cup victory with the usual parade and rally Monday, holding a big ol’ party that included a shirtless coach and and big ol’ profanity.

Oddly enough, the profanity emerged from the mouth of the mayor of L.A.

Wearing a Kings jersey and carrying a bottle of Bud Light, Eric Garcetti reminded the crowd assembled at Staples Center of the cardinal rules for politicians (one of which is the Joe Biden Rule)  — and then proceeded to intentionally flay both of them. “They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and never swear. But this is a big [expletive] day. Way to go, guys.”

The F-bomb (watch the unbleeped version here) went over big with the crowd and on social media, just as it did when David Ortiz uttered it after the Boston Marathon bombings, but the rally was carried live on TV in Southern California and Fox Sports West apologized. Reaction, captured by the Los Angeles Times, was … mixed.

“It makes me have much more respect for him,” said Jason Werntz, 45, of Burbank.

Armand Lebrilla, who backed Garcetti’s opponent in last year’s election, watched the mayor’s remarks on video and concluded that the moment was “definitely rehearsed,” down to the empty beer bottle. His take? “It was hilarious.”

“He was trying to connect with the fans — and he did,” said Lebrilla, 27, who works in finance.

Still, not everyone was impressed. Former Fox Sports Radio announcer Vince DeLisi called the mayor’s language immature and “classless.” Younger Angelenos may have taken Garcetti’s language in stride, but older and more established residents “probably cringed,” he said.

“Politicians have to understand that they’re not supposed to be rock stars,” the Burbank resident said. “They’re supposed to be leaders. If you want to be a rock star, pick up that guitar and start singing.”

At least he kept his shirt on…unlike Darryl Sutter.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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