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D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Skips Abe Pollin Funeral, Attends Wizards Game in Miami

6 Feb 1999: Owner Abe Pollin of the Washington Wizards talks to the crowd during the game against the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center in Washington,D.C. The Wizards defeated the Raptors 98-97. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw  /Allsport
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Jarrett CarterAnalyst IDecember 9, 2009


First off, props to the Truth for blowing the doors off this scandal with well-timed screen captures. Now, onto the puzzling story of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty attending a Wizards game in Miami on the day of Abe Pollin’s funeral.

When Washington Wizards Owner Abe Pollin was laid to rest two weeks ago, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was noticeably absent from the services. WTOP has learned Fenty opted to attend a Wizards basketball game in Miami…

…At a dedication of an affordable housing complex the Pollin family is building in Ward 7, Fenty offered his condolences to Pollin’s family and friends.

“There are not enough words nor actions that we can say or do to ever really commemorate this man’s life the way it deserves.”

After the dedication, WTOP asked the mayor why he did not attend the funeral.

“I was out of town,” Fenty said. “I was with my family.”

When asked if he went to the Wizards game rather than the funeral, he declined comment repeatedly.

Certainly, there are no legislative requirements that demanded Mayor Fenty’s presence at the funeral. But the shade that emanates from his absence is as startling as a Wizards’ defensive stop.

Federal legislators, city council representatives, and luminaries of the Washington business community were in attendance.

After all, Pollin was a man who helped enhance the social stratosphere of Washington D.C. through sports, and energized its business landscape in the process.

Not required, but “in poor taste” may be the best way to describe Mayor Fenty’s no-show.

To be fair, we don’t know his true purpose for being in Miami; could’ve been work-related, could’ve been family plans that were impossible to change at the last minute.

But instead of stonewalling inquisitive reporters, an explanation from the mayor might have been sufficient. A simple “I paid my respects privately to the family,” or “it was an unfortunate scheduling conflict” would have deaded this.

But “I’ll get back to you” gets you on blog posts and the wrong side of influential people.

And because its surrounding the memory of Abe Pollin, the last person who would’ve wanted this kind of controversy around him, it’s that much more of a biting scenario.

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