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Monday, April 30, 2007

Da assualt on a cop

While Chicago is falling back in love with the Bulls and forgetting that their football team is imploding over the off season, let's take a minute to reflect one of the greater moments in Bulls' history.

We are coming up to the one-year anniversary of the day Benny the Bull punched a cop in the face. Let us celebrate with a passage from Wikipedia recounting the moment.
On July 2, 2006 Benny's portrayer Barry Anderson was arrested by an off-duty police officer while performing at the "Taste of Chicago" food festival. Dressed in the Benny the Bull costume, Anderson drove a miniature motorcycle through the festival, although he did not have a permit to do so. When the officer, who was providing security at the event, identified himself as a policeman and called on Anderson to stop, Anderson fled. The officer pursued on foot, and when he caught up with Anderson, Anderson allegedly attempted to punch him in the face, breaking the officer's watch and knocking off his glasses. Anderson has subsequently claimed that the actions were performed in "character", and that he did not intend to cause injury to the officer. He was arrested and charged with battery and driving within the parkway. After Anderson was arrested and charged, his costume was returned to the United Center. The charges were later dropped after Anderson agreed to pay the cost to fix the officer's glasses.
Nobody better give Benny a broom after the sweep it could get ugly a la Jamaal Tinsley in the Detroit brawl. Fuck Detroit, it's never too early.