Texas Boy Suspended Over NBA Shave Scores Tickets

Suspended student scores tickets from NBA player

By Paul J. Weber
|  Friday, May 18, 2012  |  Updated 2:49 PM CDT
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Texas Boy Suspended Over NBA Shave Scores Tickets

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This family photo shows Patrick Gonzalez, 12, with an image of San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner shaved into his head, at his home in San Antonio on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Gonzalez was suspended for a day from Woodlake Hills Middle School because the district deemed his $75 haircut a distraction. He returned to class Thursday after reluctantly shaving his head. (AP Photo/Rachel Delgado)

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A 12-year-old Texas boy who was suspended from school after shaving his head to resemble the face of Spurs forward Matt Bonner scored tickets to a playoff game and props from his favorite NBA player.

Patrick Gonzalez was suspended for a day from Woodlake Hills Middle School because the school district deemed his $75 haircut a distraction. He returned to class Thursday after reluctantly shaving his head.

Gonzalez said Bonner is his favorite player, noting they're both redheads.

Bonner, whose mother is a teacher, said the school could have just moved Gonzalez to the back of the room. Bonner encouraged Gonzalez to "keep supporting us redheads in the NBA."

Gonzalez's story prompted the Spurs to give him and his family tickets to Thursday's playoff game against the Clippers.

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