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Larry Bird wants this mural changed or taken down because he ‘doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy’

Attorney Gary Sallee told The Associated Press that Bird ‘needs to protect’ his own brand.

Former Indiana State star Larry Bird acknowledges the student section at ceremony in his honor.
Larry Bird acknowledges the student section at his former school, Indiana State, during a ceremony in his honor.
Joseph C. Garza, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A lawyer representing Larry Bird wants to see a mural of the famous Boston Celtics star taken down or changed.

The lawyer said the former NBA star wants to alter a large painting of Bird, which exists on the side of a multi-family residence in the Indianapolis area. Bird is shown with a tattoo of two rabbits on his right arm and a spider on his shoulder.

Attorney Gary Sallee told The Associated Press that Bird “needs to protect” his own brand.

He “doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy.”

“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 he needs to protect that brand,” Sallee told the Indianapolis Star. “The mural, as originally painted, was a departure from that brand.”

Street artist Jules Muck painted the mural by using graffiti. She used the cover photo of Bird on Sports Illustrated from back in 1977, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Muck told the Indianapolis Star that she hopes it doesn’t get taken down since she paints people all the time.

“It would be very scary if I wasn’t allowed to paint people, because I paint people constantly,” Muck said told the Indianapolis Star. ”There have been times when I’ve done exact duplicates of photographs where I reached out to photographers and they’re cool with it. Usually, it’s just a photographer I have to ask, because it’s using an exact replica of their image.”