Mike Nutter on CNN: I Don’t Know If Knockout Game Is Real

Also doesn’t know if it’s not…

Mayor Nutter showed up on CNN’s new program The 11th Hour to chat with anchor Don Lemon (not an old person, despite the name) about the possible existence of the “Knockout Game.” Lemon asked him if the game — rumors of which has people in Philly spooked — was real. Nutter said, that like many of us, he didn’t know the answer.


City Paper's Dan Denvir, who flagged this story, is befuddled that Nutter would "[hype] a Knockout Game that no one has confirmed actually exists in Philadelphia." Two thoughts. One, Nutter hardly seems to be hyping it in this appearance, making the precise point that he doesn't want to hype it, saying "you have to walk that fine balance between giving something too much attention versus ignoring it." Which leads us to point number two.

Whether it is a nationwide 'game' or a couple isolated incidents, a couple people died in Syracuse died this year after getting sucker-punched, apparently for no reason. And as Nutter said, "unfortunately people have been assaulted in Philadelphia" in a similar fashion. As Stephen Silver pointed out in a smart opinion piece, it's likely that this stuff has been going on forever, and that smartphones have made the attacks seem like a recent trend. But to blithely chalk up coverage of these sort of assault up to a press corps eager to traffic in racist tropes about the threat of black-on-white crime, as many progressive journalists have done, is not necessarily doing justice to those that have been on the receiving end of a random punch. Sure, there have been some laughably overhyped reports. But that doesn't mean a mayor can't be concerned about bored teenagers assaulting people for no reason.

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  • research_much?

    the HYPE comes from when he previously declared WAR (thus HYPING IT) on the knockout game… c’mon man know your background when talking on a subject. It’s the same thing he did with flash mobs and sensationalized the issue more than necessary, thus making it COOL or a THING TO DO to get ATTENTION….

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  • RightsTough

    Mike Nutter, are you kidding me? I believe Michael Nutter is the best Mayor in the history of Philadelphia but I am disappointed that this man will not definitely acknowledge that these bored, foolish, simpleton black GANGS of kids are targeting white and playing this game. Shame on you Mike!

    • bgal4

      Maybe when one of your white friends or associates is targeted you will wake up from your denial.

      or do you know any white people.

      I was a victim 5 years ago I was 54 years old. My son was hit full force to the face when he was 15 when he was downtown. We live in uber liberal lala Berkeley land, perfect territory for silencing victims and distorting the racial animus in these attacks. I know dozens of victims and I know several offenders who admitted committing the attacks dozens of times before being caught.

      Youtube, surveillance cameras, and phones have made the violence impossible to ignore any longer.

  • South Bay Members’ Council Nra

    This is the same kind of denial that anti-gunners have. They think it is okay to ban guns from all of the law abiding people because the do no believe that people need to defend themselves from violent criminals.

    Just bury your head in the sand and it will not happen, right?

    On the other hand, some of us need to reach out to the community more and offer up some real world help. Not denial.