The Benny the Bull incident is just the latest in a series of incidents that involve James Posey and the Chicago Bulls. Bulls coach, Jim Boylan, expressed a degree of satisfaction at the fact that James Posey was the one hit by the tee shirts supposedly shot by Benny the Bull.
Coach Jim Boylan applauded Benny the Bull following Wednesday's practice at the Berto Center. "Well, it was against Posey," Boylan said. "It's open season against him any time he steps on the court in Chicago. I was proud of Benny. I'm glad he took matters into his own hands." "He orchestrated it," Boylan said. "I have to admit, I got a little bit of a chuckle out of that one. It was pretty good."
During the game, Posey was soundly booed when he entered the game and then, the fans continued to boo him every time he touched the ball. The boos were a step down from the "Posey sucks" chants that the Bulls fans used to greet Posey with. But where does this animosity all come from? Why is he booed and hated so much in Chicago? It all goes back to when he was in Miami.
One incident occurred in Game 3 of the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat first round match in 2006. Kirk Hinrich was dribbling up the court when Posey hit Hinrich with a hard shoulder block sending him to the floor. It was called for a flagrant-2 foul and Posey was ejected from the game. Posey explained the hit: "I was just trying to get back on defense and cut the ball off. He didn't see me and that's how collisions happen. That's all it was." Posey was also suspended for one game because of this incident.
A second incident happened in the season opener of the 2006-07 season. Bulls rookie Tyrus Thomas was going for a rebound and was hit in the face by Posey's elbow. The hit broke Thomas' nose. He missed a few games and had to wear a protective mask a la Rip Hamilton for a few games. Posey wasn't assessed a flagrant for this hit as it was deemed accidental.
A third incident occurred in a December 2006 game in the United Center. Luol Deng was fouled hard by Posey while going up for a layup. Deng fell hard on his wrist on which he had surgery the previous year. Posey was again called for a flagrant-2 foul and ejected. He also received another one game suspension for the incident.
James Posey is the players Bulls' fans love to hate. This is why it is rather hard to believe that anyone shooting Posey in the back with a tee shirt, whether it was Benny or one of the Indredibulls' team, could possibly be an accident. Benny the Bull has a rather checkered past himself, however. Back in 2006, Benny was charged with attacking an off duty police officer. He also showed that he is prone to violence in an appearance on the Jerry Springer show, of all places.
I guess we should just be happy we don't have to play the Bulls any more this season because I don't think we have heard the last of Bullgate yet.
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