Selfie Saga, Day 3: Ortiz reacts to WH fallout

April, 3, 2014
Apr 3
7:11
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BALTIMORE -- Selfie Saga, Day 3, a transcript of a conversation that took place in the visiting clubhouse at Oriole Park in Camden Yards on Thursday afternoon. For the purposes of clarity, David Ortiz is identified as "D.O." For the purposes of brevity, and to get it past the ESPN censors, all expletives will be designated as "bleeps." And President Obama will be identified as "President Obama."

"So, David Ortiz, are you worried that the White House is mad at you?"

D.O.: "Mad at me?"

"Yeah, they came out with a statement today. 'As a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes. And we certainly object in this case.'"

D.O.: "Who said that?"

"Jay Carney, the White House press secretary."

D.O.: Well, that happened because all those [bleepers] are talking [bleep]. Always something, man."

"But it sounds like they believe you used President Obama."

D.O.: "I don't think they believe it, but the way things are going around, I saw this dude on ESPN last night, he said Samsung reached out to me on Monday because I was going to the White House on Tuesday. What kind of [bleep] is that? You don't do that, you know what I'm saying? It's [bleep] like that is what creates what happened at the White House today. That's the truth, because I talked to Samsung in December."

"You don't want the IRS mad at you, do you?"

D.O.: "You know the problem in the whole freaking photo situation is that nobody was trying to have the president's image in the [bleeping] promo. What I did [for Samsung] was in the freaking video. It wasn't something that was supposed to happen or I was expecting to happen. When [President Obama] asked, 'Let's take a photo that's when I went like, 'Oh, can I take one?' "They told us straight up, no cellphones, no nothing. I wasn't going to pull out my cellphone; I wasn't going to be the idiot, you know what I'm saying? I don't think me taking the photo is the problem. It is all the [bleep] people have been talking about afterward, you know what I'm saying.

"If I would have used that photo for Samsung or anybody for a commercial straight up, I wouldn't have posted it in my Twitter account right away. I would have sent it to Samsung and said, 'Do whatever the [bleep] you want.' But no, I took that photo and put it on my Twitter account so everybody can see it. Now there's people twisting that [bleep] over and over so much that I think it's more of a hatin'. Nobody else can do that [bleep], you know?"

"Bottom line, I guess, is you've got the photo."

DO: "Yeah, so they can just [bleep, bleep, bleep]."

[Note: Samsung distributed the photo to its millions of followers, and noted the phone Ortiz used to take the picture. Carney declined to say whether White House lawyers have contacted Samsung about ceasing its use of the photo featuring President Obama.]

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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