Chicago Bulls Sued After Mascot Injures Himself then Injures United Center Employee

Rose Garcia is suing former Benny the Bull mascot, Barry Anderson for injuries that occurred at a 2015 playoff game.  During a break, Anderson as Benny was injured while running on the court.  With help, Anderson limped off the court and that’s when Garcia, an employee of United Center at the time of the game, claims Anderson injured her left shoulder.

Garcia alleges that Anderson pressed his fuzzy red hand on her shoulder with his full body weight.  Garcia immediately heard a popping sound and felt a sharp pain in her left shoulder and required medical assistance.  Which according to Garcia’s attorney Lucy Vazquez, resulted in a torn rotator cuff in her left shoulder.

In May 2017, Garcia filed a personal injury lawsuit in the Cook County Circuit Court, claiming damages in excess of $50,000 as a result of the incident.  The lawsuit named Barry Anderson, Chicago Bulls Limited Partnership and Chicago Professional Sports Limited Partnership.

This is not the first time Anderson has been sued for his antics.  In 2008, Benny the Bull was sued for a “high-five gone awry.” A Naperville dentist suffered a torn biceps injury as a result of a high-five by Anderson.  Anderson retired as Benny the Bull before the 2016-2017 season.


August 3rd, 2017 at 5:13 pm