Mayor Tory, Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia launch website to give Kawhi Leonard ‘space’
This comes after many pictures and videos have been circling social media showing Leonard around the city, leaving fans wondering if he will stay with the Toronto Raptors team or leave.
“To all the fans all over Canada… Let him enjoy his privacy right now with his family. Just leave him alone. Let him enjoy the city. We want him to stay,” said Bhatia in a news conference at the Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen in Toronto on Saturday morning.
“We are not giving him the space which he deserves to have.”
WATCH: Nav Bhatia asks Toronto fans to give Kawhi Leonard ‘space’
The website is called ‘Kawhi U Should Stay.com’ where fans can leave comments and signatures for Leonard. Tory and Bhatia said they will make sure every message sent will be read by Leonard personally “on his own leisure time.”
By Saturday afternoon, the website counted over 5,000 signatures.
Tory believes this ‘polite petition’ is the best way to give Leonard his privacy to enjoy the city, while also giving fans a way to let him know they want him to stay with the Toronto Raptors.
WATCH: Raptors fans urged to give Kawhi Leonard his space
“This represents a way in which we can be passionate about getting Kawhi Leonard to stay in Toronto but to do it in the Toronto way,” said Tory. “Sign this petition and we can hopefully see him presented with thousands upon thousands of signatures and comments from people.”
“Say thank you, and move on and let him enjoy himself,” said Bhatia.
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