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Angry Bird! NBA Legend Larry Bird Upset Over Portrayal In Indiana Mural

Larry Bird is such a big legend in his home state of Indiana, his nickname is literally Larry Legend.

However, the NBA Hall of Famer isn’t too happy with how his legendary status is being put on display in a mural in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square.

The mural depicts Bird from a 1977 Sports Illustrated cover photo in his Indiana State University uniform and covered in tattoos!

There’s just one problem

Bird, who did not appear to have tattoos when he played for the Boston Celtics, is painted with two bunnies on his forearm, a spiderweb on his shoulder, a shamrock on his arm and a fiery red cardinal on his cheek.

Now the Indianapolis Star says that Bird is demanding that the artist who painted the mural, Jules Muck, remove the tattoos. His attorney Gary Sallee told the newspaper:

“Larry’s position is he has elevated himself from where he began to where he is now through a lot of hard work. He has developed a brand that is marketable and needs to protect that brand. The mural, as originally painted, was a departure from that brand.”

After a lengthy back-and-forth between Sallee and Muck, an agreement was made that all of the tattoos would be removed with the exception of the “Indiana” forearm piece.

“She thought the tattooed Larry had value to Larry and his fans,” Sallee added. “She understood why Larry didn’t think that.”

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