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Lost bet on Cavs forces ‘Mayor of the Tenderloin’ into Warriors apparel

| By Ted Andersen |

A community leader and outspoken Lebron James fan in San Francisco’s Tenderloin is flashing some blue and gold this week thanks to a humbling bet proposed by a security guard at St. Anthony’s Foundation.

Del Seymour — often referred to as “the Mayor of the Tenderloin” — is a long-time neighborhood resident who founded Code Tenderloin, an organization that provides homeless people in the community with job skills and placement.

Code Tenderloin founder Del Seymour — typically seen in his Cleveland Cavaliers hat — was not pleased to be wearing blue and gold on Tuesday, June 13, after losing a bet to a St. Anthony's security guard over the NBA Finals.

Code Tenderloin founder Del Seymour — typically seen in his Cleveland Cavaliers hat — was not pleased to be wearing blue and gold on Tuesday, June 13, after losing a bet to a St. Anthony’s security guard over the NBA Finals.

Seymour is an outspoken Cavs fan, yet on Tuesday morning, he showed up to the Mid-Market Business Association meeting at Zendesk in San Francisco begrudgingly donning a Dubs hat and T-shirt.

Cavs fan Del Seymour dons a Warriors shirt on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Cavs fan Del Seymour dons a Warriors shirt on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The reason? A little bet made with sister organization St. Anthony’s Foundation after Golden State’s meltdown in last year’s NBA Finals.

St. Anthony’s security guard Chuck Burks, a lifelong friend of Seymour’s from the neighborhood, explained. “Del was talking so much trash after the Cavs beat us last year and he was always wearing that Cavs hat around,” Burks said. “So I said, this is not for money. If Cleveland wins then I have to dress up like one of the Cavs, but if the Warriors win, Del has to dress up like a Warrior.”

And that he did. Publicly. And much like LeBron after the game, Seymour did not report being “happy” about the situation.

“I guess you can see who won and lost by looking at me,” Seymour said. “I’m a little disappointed but we’ll be back next year.”

The bet specifies that Seymour must don the Warriors gear for three consecutive days, which will lead into the June 15th parade.

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