LAPD's Beck bets a patrol shift on outcome of Lakers-Celtics series
Los Angeles' top cop is putting his Laker pride on the thin blue line.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, a faithful fan of the purple and yellow, announced Wednesday evening the terms of a wager he's made with his Boston equivalent on the outcome of the NBA championship series.
If the Boston Celtics defeat the Lakers in the best-of-seven series, Beck will travel east to work a patrol shift wearing his LAPD uniform alongside some of Boston's bravest.
If the Lakers prevail, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis will come to L.A. and suffer the same humiliation.
“I’m not sure where I would have Commissioner Davis work, maybe Hollywood,” Beck needled in a statement.
Neither would have any legal jurisdiction to make arrests on the other's streets.
Beck and Davis agreed to use personal vacation time to settle the bet. And, as is customary in such bets, each promised to treat the other to some of his city's best food -- after the loser had worked his shift, of course.
-- Joel Rubin