The bird was perched atop the scoreboard at tipoff, refusing to go to his handler. Then he swooped around the arena while the game was going on, landing on a railing in the lower deck before he settled on the top of the basket at the Hawks end of the court.
When the players spotted the bird, they refused to go on. The game was halted with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter until the handler finally arrived, luring Spirit to his arm and carrying him out of the arena to cheers from the crowd—and several players.
Obviously sick and tired of this sorry excuse for an NBA team taking his name in vain, the Hawk revolted, and tried to stop the game from carrying on.
Of course, one of the best things about this story is the players refusing to go onto the court. Either they know they suck, or they're gigantic pu**ies ... A million bucks in your pocket can't hide the fact that you still cry to mama, can it Mr. NBA player ...