Clay: Ding Dong, Defund The Police Is Dead

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Over the past year or so, we heard a lot of talk about defunding the police. Some cities have even gone through with it — to terrible results.

But rejoice, those of you who back the blue. This bad idea has reached an end, OutKick’s Clay Travis attests.

“Defund the police died officially in (Tuesday) night’s New York City mayoral race,” Clay says in his latest video, “because Eric Adams, who is a 22-year veteran of the New York Police Department, is going to win, barring all sorts of craziness.”

Clearly, Adams, a Democrat, doesn’t want to defund the police. Maya Wiley, who is Adams’ Democratic opponent, very clear does.

“Maya Wiley didn’t just want to defund the police … she also wanted to potentially take away police’s guns. What they would protect themselves with, she didn’t explain,” Clay says. “Eric Adams came out and said, ‘Look, we need to allow people to come back and actually take care of their communities.’ This is not just a New York City issue, by the way. This is crime searches in cities across the country vs. last year.”

It’s true. Murders are up everywhere — from Atlanta to Portland to Chicago to Los Angeles to NYC itself.

“We’ve got murder rates skyrocketing. Why is that?” Clay asks. “Because we’ve defunded the police, arguably, because we’ve taken away their ability to police.”

So yeah, it sounds like it wasn’t such a great idea. And it sounds like it will take a police officer serving as the mayor of New York to help fix it. For more of Clay’s take on the matter, check out the full video below.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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