NBA: Man behind Chicago’s ‘Benny the Bull’ is retiring—reports | Inquirer Sports

NBA: Man behind Chicago’s ‘Benny the Bull’ is retiring—reports

/ 01:39 PM April 20, 2016

"Benny the Bully". AP PHOTO

“Benny the Bully”. AP PHOTO

Seems like retirement news remain rampant in the league these days, as another sideline staple ‘Benny the Bull’ revealed his intention to step down and retire from his on-court shenanigans after entertaining fans for 12 seasons.

Barry Anderson, who gives life to the popular mascot, announced in a Facebook post that he’ll no longer don the popular costume starting June 30, according to the Chicago Tribune.


“After 12 incredible years, it’s come time for me to explore this world, this life, without my fuzzy red friend. In what’s been an impossibly difficult choice to make, I’ve decided that June 30th will be my final day at the Chicago Bulls, where my heart will forever live.”


Anderson is highly revered around the league for his borderline-manic approach in entertainment, evident by his crazy dance moves, trampoline dunking and the occasional ‘pie-to-face’ encounters with some fans.

His acrobatic and over-the-top style earned him the NBA Mascot of the year award in 2015, and his popularity extended even during the off-season—where he appeared at school events and community service functions.

The Bulls organization, meanwhile, offered to extend Anderson’s contract and said the lovable mascot wouldl return in some form, but he reportedly refused.

There’s still no update if their management is looking for a replacement for their iconic mascot, as of this story’s writing. Khristian Ibarrola,


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