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As coronavirus cases spiked at historic rates within the state, a Scottsdale, Arizona politician made light of police brutality at an anti-mask rally. 

"I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" Scottsdale town councilman Guy Phillips told a crowd Thursday before ripping off his mask and throwing it to the ground. 

The San Francisco Giants' spring training 真人百家家乐官网网站home and minor league complex is located in Scottsdale. Several players have been working out in the area while baseball was on hiatus. Team president Farhan Zaidi was none too pleased with Phillips' comments — for both the insensitivity and the recklessness. 

“I mean, (expletive) that guy,” Zaidi told The Athletic on Thursday. “You can quote me on that. (Expletive) that guy.” 

Phillips apologized in a statement Thursday, saying "it was a stupid and insensitive comment that I shouldn’t have made, and I had no intention of disrespecting anybody while making that comment." 

By that point, he'd done enough to set Zaidi off. 

“I think anyone would have difficulty getting beyond the abhorrent insensitivity of his statement,” Zaidi told The Athletic. “But even if you can get beyond that — the fact that this guy is condoning behavior that put our staff and players at risk? Like, seriously. (Expletive) that guy. I can’t believe that that guy is a public official in this country. It’s unbelievable.”

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