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    Larry Bird upset over Indiana mural of him covered in tattoos

    Aug 21, 2019
    PHOTO: AP

    INDIANAPOLIS — Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tats.

    An artist says she'll remove most tattoos from a large painting of the former NBA star on an Indianapolis multi-family residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web on a shoulder.

    Artist Jules Muck says she was just trying to be funny. The mural is a replica of Bird's appearance on a 1977 Sports Illustrated cover when he played college ball for Indiana State.

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    Bird's attorney, Gary Sallee, says the former Indiana Pacers executive "needs to protect" his brand and "doesn't want to be seen as a tattooed guy."

    Muck tells the Indianapolis Star that an "Indiana" tattoo will remain on Bird's arm in the mural.

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