By Michael Rand
Bennie (sic) the Bull literally took a shot at Kevin Garnett and James Posey last night. During the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 106-92 win over the Bulls at the United Center, the Chicago mascot shot T-shirts out of a T-shirt gun that hit them in the back. The incident happened when Garnett and Posey were walking to the bench during a timeout with 2:49 remaining. Garnett and Posey gave Bennie the Bull a glare, and, said Garnett, “We exchanged words.”
Garnett was sent back to the bench by the referees after trying to explain what happened.
“I felt threatened,” said Posey, who is considered a villain among Bulls fans for his tough fouls when he played for Miami, and was booed every time he touched the ball last night. “They already don’t like me here already. Two T-shirts were thrown at me and KG. I don’t feel safe. The T-shirts were fired out of that gun or whatever. I feel a little sore in one spot. I might have to get treatment. First, I thought it was a teammate just tapping me. But then I looked down and there were T-shirts and there were only two down there. Let’s see how the league handles this.”
Bennie the Bull was not available for comment.
Lest you think this is Benny’s first brush with trouble, we point you to this 2006 account:
A Chicago Bulls mascot dressed in a bright red costume was charged with attacking an off-duty officer after driving a mini-motorcycle through an outdoor festival.
We love that image above, by the way. Based on everyone’s posture, we can’t help but imagine what is happening on the portion of the sidelines obscured by Benny’s considerable costume. And given there’s an extra leg in play, we can only assume he has absconded with a dance team member, leaving her teammates to wonder what time the expert will be there to fix the cable. (Also, thanks to Fasolamatt for the link).