CHICAGO, July 4 (UPI) -- The man who portrays the Chicago Bulls' mascot, Benny the Bull, was arrested for allegedly punching a sheriff's deputy.
Barry Anderson, 26, reportedly ignored an off-duty police officer's request that he stop riding a mini-motorcycle through Grant Park during Sunday's Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"When (Chicago) police approached him, he drove away," Chicago Police officer Laura Kubiak said. "The off-duty sheriff's deputy assisted the police and grabbed Benny the Bull, at which time he began swinging his arms, striking the victim."
The deputy in question was not injured and Anderson now faces a charge of misdemeanor battery as well as a ticket for driving on a parkway.
Representatives for the Chicago Bulls had no comment, the Tribune said.