Larry Bird angered by his tattooed portrayal on IN mural

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Muck insists she never meant to offend Larry Legend.

Jules Muck is the Venice-based mural artist who painted a controversial tribute to IN basketball legend Larry Bird.

The NBA great didn't much like the portrait the Los Angeles street artist created of him, as his lawyer got involved.

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".

The mural will remain on the side of the building and the modifications will be made, at the latest, by Thursday. Muck said that her father is Greek and her mother is British which led to the family moving around a lot.


CNN reached out to Muck for comment but has not heard back.

Speaking to the Indianapolis Star, Muck said that she had agreed to remove the tattoos shown on Larry Bird's arms and chest, except for the word, "INDIANA" on his forearm.

In addition to being a mural artist, Muck says that she is an amateur tattoo artist.

Bird is a three-time National Basketball Association champion with the Boston Celtics. Muck told We Are Bird in an interview that she spent part of her youth growing up "near" The Bronx. The three-time National Basketball Association champion famously passed on such an opportunity in 1987, instead choosing to diffuse a major controversy after rival Isiah Thomas (left) agreed with his Detroit Pistons teammate Dennis Rodman that Bird was overrated because he is white. 'I'm really hurting about this'. That being said, I wasn't trying to make a prestigious, fancy piece. 'If Isiah tells me it was a joking matter, it should be left at that. I also felt if I'm going to paint Larry Bird, I'm going to paint Larry Bird in Indianapolis.

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