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“NBA Does Anything for Money”:Sports World in Fumes Over Dog Owner Facing Trouble for Major Pokémon Tribute During Jazz vs Bulls

Published 01/08/2023, 12:01 AM EST

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NBA games are one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Millions of fans across the globe view the sport from their homes. Moreover, fans come to the arenas with their best outfits, sometimes even with their pets. Similarly, a fan brought his South Florida Pomeranian but with a special Pokémon tribute. The dog immediately grabbed global attention, and eventually, became an internet sensation. Meanwhile, the NBA world is fuming as the dog owner could get into trouble.

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During the Saturday night game between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, a man brought his Pomeranian to the arena. But, the dog was dyed yellow resembling the famous Pokémon character Pikachu. While he attracted a lot of attention during the game, he also attracted trouble in return.

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The dog with the Pikachu fur is making headlines but the dog owner could be fined for dyeing his dog’s fur. According to NBC Miami, the dog owner could get fined for dyeing the dog’s fur. Erick Torres, the dog owner said, “It’s made NBA history because nobody’s ever seen a Pikachu dog sitting next to an NBA player before,” reported NBC Miami. The report also cited that it is unlawful to possess any dyed animal within the county.

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However, the fans were upset with the proceedings and expressed their anger online. Fans took to Twitter to show their dissent, as one user said, “NBA does anything for money.” While most of the fans questioned the authorities for the decision to fine the dog owner. Following are some reactions from NBA Twitter.


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While the fans’ attention diverted toward the Pikachu dog, the Bulls pulled off a comfortable victory against the Jazz (126-118). The Bulls scored an emphatic 126 points majorly contributed by Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan with 36 and 35 points respectively. Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen’s 28 points went in vain.

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Currently, the Chicago Bulls are in the ninth position in the Eastern Conference with a (19-21) record. The Bulls are yet to win a Championship after MJ’s legacy. Will they win the NBA Championship this season? let us know in the comments.


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Written by:

Shahul Hameed


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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has previously worked as a contributor at an online news site. Shahul has always shared a keen interest in journalism, starting off as a reporter for his college news journal.
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Gideon Mathson