04.22.08 10 years ago 19 Comments

A Chicago-area man is suing the Bulls for a high-five gone awry.  Dentist Don Kalant Sr. claims he engaged unpopular and beloathed mascot Benny the Bull in a courtside hand-slap, only to end up with a torn bicep.

Kalant alleged he was sitting near courtside on Feb. 12 when he raised his arm to get a high-five from Barry Anderson, who portrays the exuberant mascot in a bright red fuzzy costume. […]

Instead of merely slapping Kalant's palm, Anderson grabbed his arm as he fell forward, hyperextending Kalant's arm and rupturing his biceps muscle, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. "Benny's flying down the aisle, giving everybody high-fives," Kalant's attorney, Shawn Kasserman, said Monday in a telephone interview. "When he gets to Dr. Kalant, he either inadvertently trips or, as part of the shtick, trips. . . . He grabbed Kalant's arm and fell forward." […]

Kalant stayed for the rest of the game but later had surgery and could miss as much as four months of work, Kasserman said. Kalant is seeking unspecified damages for medical bills, physical pain and lost earnings.

Admittedly, this looks bad for Anderson and the Bulls, but there's still room for the defense to win if this goes to trial.  You have to question the judgment of a guy who would buy courtside seats to a Bulls game.  Because they suck, you see.  That's a burn. 

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