SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CBS Houston) – If Houston fans think they had heard it all about Spurs fans during San Antonio’s extended run of success during the Tim Duncan era, then they were wrong.
A Spurs fan at a San Antonio middle school could be suspended if he doesn’t change the image shaved into the back of his head of Spurs reserve center Matt Bonner. That’s right. Not Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, or even coach Gregg Popovich – but Bonner, the sharp-shooting 6-foot-10 center with career averages of 6.8 points a game in 19 minutes a game.
Fox 29 in San Antonio reports that Patrick Gonzalez wanted to do something to show his pride for the Spurs and his love for Bonner, who he described as one of his favorite players. When he went to class, his first-period teacher at Woodlake Hills Middle School called the principal, saying that Gonzalez’s haircut was a distraction. Gonzalez’s mother has indicated that she had visited the school’s front office to get clearance for her son’s Bonner hairstyle. School officials denied this claim to Fox 29, saying the boy must change the haircut by today to avoid a suspension.
“There was no permission that was given if the parent thought that, then it was a miscommunication,” Judson ISD spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor told Fox 29 in San Antonio, adding that district officials thought of the tribute to Bonner as a classroom distraction. “Whether it’s the Spurs or whether it’s the Cowboys, anything people obviously support, it doesn’t matter.”
The haircut on the back of Gonzalez’s red hair, the same color as Bonner, shows a clear visual of Bonner spotting up for a 3-pointer.
“I’m mad,” Gonzalez said. “I thought we had permission.”
Gonzalez has since received another haircut that has removed the image, and he is back in school.