The United States’ official 2024 Olympics bid belongs to Boston (sorry, D.C.), and Boston couldn’t be more pumped… except for the city employees who aren’t too happy about it, but are forbidden from talking about it publicly.
The joinder agreement between the City of Boston and the International Olympic Committee, obtained by The Boston Globe today, reads that no city employee is permitted to communicate at all “any comments or statements (written or oral) that reflect unfavorably upon, denigrate or disparage, or are detrimental to the reputation or statute” of the committee.
A spokesperson for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh explained this is pretty standard:
“Mayor Walsh is not looking to limit the free speech of his employees and, as residents of Boston, he fully supports them participating in the community process. This was standard boilerplate language for the Joinder Agreement with the USOC that all applicant cities have historically signed.”
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, only half of Bostonians want the Olympics there. A third don’t, and the rest either don’t know or don’t give a crap.
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