Updated 04:17 PM EDT, Sun, Apr 18, 2021

James Blake Arrested on the Way to US Open for Bearing Resemblance to Misidentified 'Suspect'

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After being mistaken to be a fraud suspect, American tennis legend James Blake was tackled by a policeman in civilian clothes outside a hotel while he was waiting for a service to the U.S. Open tournament on Wednesday.

CNN reported that the cop cuffed him for about five to 10 minutes before realizing that he got the wrong guy.

In an interview with "Good Morning America" on ABC, Blake made it clear that he wanted the New York City police department to apologize for the incident.

He also said that he did really did not intend to discuss what happened but claimed that his wife told him to reach out to the media and tell his story.

"She said, 'You know, what if this happened to me?' And immediately I was furious because I thought about what I would be thinking if someone did that to my wife," Blake explained.

Blake added that he may not be able to bear watching his wife being handcuffed in public.

"[If] someone tackled her in broad daylight, paraded her around in a busy crowded sidewalk in New York City with handcuffs, with her cuffed behind her back and taking away her dignity, and I just I couldn't accept that and I know that a lot of people have no voice to have any recourse, and I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to be sitting here with you to be able to tell this story and let people know this happens too often," he added.

According to New York Daily News, the cop, who was identified as James Frascatore, did not coordinate with his superiors when he arrested Blake in an attempt to take all the credit for the supposed arrest of a credit card thief suspect, whom he also misidentified.

"My concern is that after the release, there's department protocols that should have been followed but apparently were not. Mr. Blake has made a number of comments to the press. That's how we became aware of the matter," explained Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Bratton also said in an ESPN report that he has apologized to the tennis legend for the incident.

"I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologized for yesterday's incident," the police commissioner noted.

He added that Blake expressed his willingness to have a meeting with the Internal Affairs Bureau while the investigation continues.

"Additionally, he said he would be returning the Mayor's earlier phone call to speak to him. Mr. Blake said he would like to meet with the Mayor [Bill de Blasio] and me at a future date, which we would be agreeable to," added Bratton.

A high-ranking police officer explained with New York Daily News that in instances of mistaken identity, cops should "Void the arrest, make notifications and say, 'I'm sorry!'"

This has surely highlighted a violation on Frascatore's part. He has reportedly been stripped of his badge and gun and given desk duty pending investigation on the incident.

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