Kevin Garnett and James Posey of the Boston Celtics took exception Tuesday when a couple of t-shirts hit them while the team huddled with just under three minutes to go in Boston’s 106-92 win at the United Center.
Garnett was convinced that Benny The Bull had shot the shirts from an air-powered gun that is used to launch them into the crowd. Garnett at first had to be restrained as Benny stood a safe distance away.
“I turned around, saw the guy in the bull hat, and we had some words, Garnett told the Boston Herald.
The Bulls apologized to the Celtics and explained that one of the members of the IncrediBulls–a group that entertains during timeouts–had tripped and his gun shot the shirts into the floor from where they bounced into the Celtics.
Posey, considered Public Enemy No. 1 by Bulls fans since his physical play vs. the Bulls while with the Miami Heat, joked about the incident later.
“I dont know – I feel threatened, Posey told the Herald. “I dont feel safe. They really have tough love here, but it was definitely an inside job. They made the mascot do it. I got hit in the back walking away. That spot on my back is sore. I might have to get treatment on it.
Bulls head coach Jim Boylan also laughed about the off-target t-shirts.
“It was against Posey so, its open season against him whenever he steps on the court in Chicago,” Boylan said. “I was proud of Benny, glad he took matters into his own hands. He orchestrated it behind the scenes.”