Even if it could not get any worse for embattled Chicago Bulls front-office heads John Paxson and Gar Forman when it comes to the team’s fans, it definitely just got a lot more embarrassing.
The NBA has descended upon Chicago for All-Star Weekend, and a vocal contingent of Bulls fans interrupted a live television broadcast in the Bulls’ backyard with a chant calling for the ouster of Paxson and Forman.
The awkward incident came during Friday’s live broadcast of ESPN’s “First Take,” which was on location at Navy Pier. The oft-used shorthand “FireGarPax” was chanted by Bulls fans during one segment of the show.
Making matters even more awkward was how the chant broke out after Max Kellerman asked Bulls star Zach LaVine if he has faith in Paxson and Forman.
First came the boos, then …
“FIRE GARPAX” chants have broken out on national television. pic.twitter.com/PqkIP41ogZ— Josh J. (@JoshJBullsHoops) February 14, 2020
“They might think differently, man,” LaVine said in reference to the disgruntled fans, as transcribed by the Chicago Sun-Times. “But I’m with the team man, I gotta put the team first.”
LaVine started chuckling, before saying: “They’re terrible, man,” again in reference to the fans.
The “FireGarPax” mantra has been around for a few years now as a rallying cry for Bulls fans fed up with the organization’s ongoing struggles.
In fact, a Bulls fan was removed by United Center security just this week over waving a “FireGarPax” Bulls jersey during a game.
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