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Bulls mascot charged with attacking off-duty cop

7/4/2006 - Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO -- A Chicago Bulls mascot dressed in a bright red
costume was charged with attacking an off-duty officer after
driving a mini-motorcycle through an outdoor festival.

Barry Anderson, the Benny the Bull mascot, was charged with
misdemeanor battery and driving within a parkway. The 26-year-old
man is accused of throwing a punch at the sheriff's deputy,
knocking off his glasses and breaking his watch.

Anderson was riding the motorcycle through the festival without
a permit Sunday, Police Capt. James Knightly said. When the
off-duty officer, who was working security, tried to stop him,
Anderson ran, police said. The officer chased and caught him.

"It would be premature to make any comment at this point until
all the information is gathered," Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said.

Veronica Resa, a spokeswoman with the Mayor's Office of Special
Events, said Anderson was entertaining people at the Taste of
Chicago festival.

"We always love working with the Chicago Bulls and we know that
what happened was not their fault," Resa said.

Anderson's costume was returned to the United Center after his
arrest, police said.

In 2005, another Bulls mascot, Da Bull, was sentenced to
probation for 1Ā½ years for possession of cannabis with intent to
deliver.