Devin Booker got upset at Raptors’ mascot trying to distract him

Jan 11, 2022, 8:56 PM | Updated: Jan 12, 2022, 7:14 am
Follow @AZSports...

The Phoenix Suns (and the majority of us to be honest) thought we had moved on from fanless buildings.

But due to COVID-19’s latest surge, the Toronto Raptors have gone back to that reality we saw in the 2020 bubble and the opening stretches of the 2020-21 season. And that is where the Suns found themselves on Tuesday night.

This creates an awkward and quiet environment despite the arena’s attempt to avoid this by blaring the usual music along with fake crowd noise.

One certainty in this situation is a clear line of sight on free throws for both sides, with no fans behind the glass to throw anything off.

That is almost always the case, except in Tuesday’s Suns win.

With the Suns up one and 6.5 seconds left, guard Devin Booker was fouled and sent to the foul line.

During his first attempt with the game on the line, the Raptors’ mascot decided to make itself known by trying to distract Booker.

Booker made the free throw and then immediately brought it to the attention of the referees. The mascot seemed to understand that was a no-no and went to the corner of the building after that.

After his second free throw, another make, Booker went over to the referee to explain what had just happened and was laughing about it with his teammates in the huddle.

“We hashed it out. We homies now,” Booker said.

“I was trying to get him out the way,” he added. “It worked. I’m glad to be shooting it without him down there. We play shooting game all the time every day and [my teammates] do the same thing and I complain then. That’s just me.”

Good on the Raptors for retaining their mascot through the fanless games, and it was getting creative during the game to probably just entertain itself.

It looks like the supersized Raptor tried the free throw shenanigans earlier as well.

Might as well.


Follow @KellanOlson...
Kellan Olson

The dinosaur population is beginning to rise up against Devin Booker

The dinosaur met Suns' Devin Booker pregame. He pointed at it a few times, presumably laughing at the whole bit in some level of disbelief.
4 days ago
The Raptors mascot, the Raptor has one lonely job these days.  He still gets up to his usual antics...
Haboob Blog

It would appear Devin Booker and the Toronto Raptors mascot are beefin’

There is getting into it on the court and leaving it there. Then there is getting into it on the court and taking a feud onto social media.
5 days ago
Kendell Jenner, Hailey and Justin Bieber attend the Los Angeles Lakers  and Phoenix Suns game at St...
Haboob Blog

Kendall Jenner is a cheat code to help Devin Booker gain NBA All-Star votes

Kendall Jenner sent a calculated tweet on Friday that surely will help get Suns star and boyfriend Devin Booker more NBA All-Star votes.
11 days ago
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Chris Banjo (31) celebrates after an NFL football game against the...
Haboob Blog

Arizona Cardinals’ Chris Banjo: Cornerback or quarterback?

The Arizona Cardinals' most memorable pass of Week 17 didn't come from their 2019 first-round pick Kyler Murray. It came from S Chris Banjo.
16 days ago
(Twitter Photo/BleacherReport)...
Haboob Blog

Bucs WR Antonio Brown loses cool, tosses jersey and pads vs. Jets

Just when we thought we'd seen it all from Antonio Brown, he added another act to his infamous career on Sunday.
16 days ago
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sidelines during the first half of ...
Haboob Blog

Patriots HC Bill Belichick keeps his New Year’s resolutions to himself

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick keeps his New Year's resolutions to himself, at least he did this week when asked about them twice.
16 days ago
Devin Booker got upset at Raptors’ mascot trying to distract him