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Did Bulls fan really dunk Kirk Hinrich jersey in toilet for tickets?

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:29AM

Zack Krupp might not have finished his school paper, but he had one heck of a story to tell classmates Tuesday.

What started out as some good-natured trash-talking on Twitter between Joakim Noah of the Bulls and Drew Gooden of the Milwaukee Bucks turned into good fortune for Krupp, 19, a college student from Round Lake Beach.

In the midst of a Twit-snit Monday, Gooden mentioned he would give two tickets to the first fan who sent a picture of a Bulls jersey in a toilet.

Krupp, a huge hoops fan who follows more than 150 players on Twitter and collects sports memorabilia, was quick to react.

He reluctantly grabbed a Kirk Hinrich jersey and put it in his toilet, but not before buoying it with his little brother’s toy.

“It wasn’t what it looked like,” he told the Sun-Times. “I put an inflatable boat under it, so it wasn’t submerged. My mom didn’t like that I used his toy, but it was only a dollar, so we threw it out.”

Instantly, Gooden responded to Krupp on Twitter, saying he’d leave two tickets “@WillCall.”

And with that, the College of Lake County student, who had planned to work on papers all night, was off to the United Center with his mom’s fiance to see his favorite team.

Was he worried at all about making the ticket connection?

“My mom was skeptical,” he said. “But I have followed [Gooden] for a while and have seen him do this in other cities. I knew it had to be legit.”

Was it ever!

The ex-Bull left 14th-row tickets along with a postgame pass that enabled Krupp to mingle with some of the Bucks players. The highlight of Krupp’s night, though, was meeting Stacey King, “my favorite announcer.”

Krupp admitted that he caught a lot of grief for throwing the Hinrich jersey in the toilet, but he tried to explain his position via this tweet: “I wasnt about 2 put my Rose or Jordan jersey in there. If I had a boozer jersey i woulda flushed.”

Krupp stepped outside his school library Tuesday to tell us: “For the record, I am a Bulls fan, and I do not dislike Kirk Hinrich. I feel bad it had to be his jersey. Still, I got to see the Bulls and was there to support them.”

Now, back to that paper.


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