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Raptors mascot moved by referees after Suns’ Devin Booker complaint

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The Raptors mascot was just trying to do his job by distracting the opposition on the Toronto field with the game on the line.

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But Devin Booker made sure he wasn’t a factor late in Tuesday’s game.

The Phoenix Suns star goalie was on the foul line making the first of two free throws with his team by one point with 6.5 seconds left.

After the first shot, Booker pointed the Raptor into the empty stands behind the basket and asked the referees to clear the mascot before attempting his second shot.

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The Raptor complied and took a time out on one side of the pitch, falling to one knee. Booker took his second shot to give the Suns a three-game lead.

The Suns held on for a 99-95 win, ending a six-game winning streak for the Raptors.

Normally there would be fans in the stands, but due to Ontario regulations limiting the number of people in arenas due to an increase in COVID-19 infections, the Raptors chose not to have paying customers during matches.

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The reaction has been mixed online, with fans giving their two cents on the matter.

“Book (er) is one of my favorite players, but it’s not the first time he’s acted gently on something most of us wouldn’t complain about,” a fan shared. on Twitter. “There’s also that time he complained about being a double-team in a pickup game with other NBA players.”

Others have suggested the Raptors should have a whole section of fans in mascot costumes the next time Booker and the Suns are in town.

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But some have stood up for Booker.

“Regardless, have fans like everyone else,” wrote another fan. “It’s either empty or filled with fans and mascots. There can’t be a single guy paid by the organization to distract the players.