Seattle’s Mayor Takes To Twitter To Tell The Mayor Of New Orleans To Back Off Recruiting Russell Wilson

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A couple of mayors are going public with a war over their team’s starting quarterbacks, as Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan is firing back at New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell, who recently made a pitch to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Last week, it was reported that Wilson was unhappy playing in Seattle. He allegedly had an argument with the coaching staff and  walked out of a meeting.

Saints fans were giddy with the prospect of getting Wilson, despite the fact that current Saints quarterback Drew Brees has yet to announce his plans for the future.

Jenny Durkan, who has been the mayor of Seattle since 2017, was not happy with Cantrell trying to recruit Wilson, and she took to Twitter to fight back.

Wilson’s future wasn’t the only sports subject that Durkan spoke to Cantrell about. She also spoke about the city of Seattle trying to get an NBA team to come back to the city.

For a long time, Seattle was home of the Sonics, but the team left in 2008 for Oklahoma City.

Durkan told Cantrell, “Don’t make me go there,” a reference to the rumors involving the New Orleans Pelicans.

Team owner Gayle Benson, who also owns the Saints, has denied the NBA team is leaving New Orleans under her watch.

As for Wilson and Brees, the quarterbacks are not going anywhere for now. Brees is still the signal caller for the Saints, while Wilson remains in Seattle.

The two mayors will likely continue their war of words, but until either QB makes an official move, it’s all just a lot of words between two politicians.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. This mayor makes me want to vomit.She called the riots a “summer of love”. She let the city burn. She followed the liberal game plan to get Trump out of office at the expense of her own citizens. And now she’s miss congeniality? Now she’s engaging in friendly twitter banter regarding local sports heroes? Give me a break. She is pathetic. Zero integrity

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