The Raptors’ mascot moved after Phoenix player Devin Booker complained that it was distracting. And Twitter went crazy

The Toronto Raptors fell short against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, but what happened late in the game is what got most fans talking.

Although there were only 1,000 fans in the building due to Ontario’s COVID-19 mandate, one person caused a stir big enough that Phoenix star Devin Booker couldn’t see it.

He asked the umpiring team to move the Raptors mascot during his crucial free throws in the final moments of the game, and the umpires did just that. The NBA star explained what happened, explaining that he wanted it out of the way.

The Twitterverse had its own theories:

Josiah Johnson thought that maybe Jurassic Park had something to do with it.

Rob Pérez thought so too.

Toronto fan Jordan A. Hayles says future Raptors-Suns games will have that extra element of revenge when fans can return to the building.

Halle said he was clearly showing little sportsmanship.

Kate 4 Barnes & Birds could not believe what happened.

Canadian sportswriter Hayley McGoldrick thought Booker’s horoscope explained his reaction.

The Raptors mascot was moved by referees after Devin Booker complained.

Sportsnet personality Faizal Khmisa checked out the Raptor after the incident.

The Raptors Show producer and co-host Alex Wong had ideas on how the team can help themselves to victory during lockdown.

Sadly, the Raptor has been unable to perform its usual duties during lockdown, but has found ways to entertain people at Scotiabank Arena on quiet game days.


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