The rivalry between the Spurs and Heat has reportedly silenced South Florida's favorite piece of felt.
Miami's infamous Cuban puppet Pepe Billete says he has been denied entry to the AT&T Center in Texas, where he was set to cheer on the Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in typical fashion: loudly, in often raunchy Spanglish, and broadcast to Twitter followers via Vine videos.
("He is basically the Hispanic Spike Lee," notes Sportsgrid.)
Billete's ticket-holding handler told The Huffington Post Tuesday night that despite explaining to arena staff that the puppet is only "about the size of Miss Piggy," he was informed Billete would have to be checked at the door.
That, apparently, was too much for arena officials to stomach -- and consequently, Pepe Billete:
The Spurs will now face the wrath of an angry puppet with his own iPhone app, appearances in Pitbull videos, and a column at Miami New Times: Billete was scheduled to appear on San Antonio local news and on ESPN Unite after the game to express his displeasure. (See his on-air rant above.)
Meanwhile, his tiny Heat-loving hands have taken to Twitter to accuse the Spurs of over-sensitivity -- and demand an equal rights campaign we can all get behind: