PITTSBURGH - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has about a month left in office, but Tuesday night he took to Twitter and targeted a city police officer.
Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle reported that the bizarre rant from the mayor happened during the University of Pittsburgh basketball game Tuesday night in Brooklyn, New York.
Ravenstahl was watching the game on TV and noticed an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer refereeing the game. Ravenstahl then sent a Tweet saying, “Kinda odd to watch Pgh Police Lieutenant Larry Scirotto referee the @HailToPittHoops game. #justsayin #gopitt”
He also added, “Wow! Imagine if I was out of town this often!!”
Earle contacted Ravenstahl’s press secretary and reached out to the mayor on Twitter for a response. Neither have gotten back to him.
Scirotta, who has been a college referee for years, is a lieutenant at Zone Three on the South Side. Earle is also working on getting his response.
Scirotta released this statement Wednesday:
"I have been a dedicated professional for the city of Pittsburgh for the past 18 years. My performance is exemplary and will continue to be for the next 17 years. I have dedicated and sacrificed blood, sweat and tears for the city and it's residents, along with the other 900 plus dedicated men and women, I am privileged to serve with on a daily basis.
I find it very disheartening that I have to defend the actions of my private life that are not illegal or unethical. I have the fortunate opportunity to participate in a sport I love while securing my family's financial long term well-being.
I am and have been involved in several positions within the Bureau of Police that involve a great deal of commitment and dedication beyond our 40 hour work week. My commitment to the residents of Pittsburgh will always be a priority.
I have a passion for both of my professions, and I will continue to give them 100 percent of my energy & effort."