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Not Impressed by ‘Batmanu’

Written by PETA | November 2, 2009

On Saturday, a bat found his or her way into the San Antonio Spurs game. (Some speculate that the animal didn’t just fly in by accident.) The bat, of course, did what anybody would do in such a terrifying, unfamiliar situation—try to get the heck out of there—which, naturally, delayed the game. Until, that is, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili smacked the bat out of the air and slammed the animal into the hardwood court. Sports blogs across the ‘net have been replaying the video of Manu in action as they celebrate his quick reflexes. / CC


Here’s our take on it:

To bludgeon a 4-ounce animal to death, it takes either a small man or a totally unthinking one—with no respect or consideration for lives humbler than his own. This is a time when athletes in particular need to be on their best behavior around any animal and show that they have brains and a heart, not just reactionary brawn.

Bats always try to avoid contact with humans, and there are plenty of easy ways to keep bats out of a basketball arena (or your home). We hope that the next time someone’s life is on the line, Manu Ginobili will take just a few seconds to think before he acts.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if anyone cares or what but I’m pretty sure that humans are superior to animals… Genesis 128 God blessed them and said to them “Be fruitful and increase in number fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Yeah. See that word rule? That’s kind of like when a King rules. Same concept straight out of the most historically accurate and proven books in the history of man. Check it.

  • Robert says:

    How could he? What if that bat was a person? Then that person would have been smacked in the head. Even though he didn’t kill the bat and it wasn’t a person we should prosecute Manu! He deserves to be punished for his acts against humanity and bats because he has completely disregarded all of the laws that we have put in place to uphold this great nation of loving and caring people that we call america.

  • emma says:

    wow.. i’ll preach it all i like when its something that means a lot to me this story is daft and id rather concentrate on real cruelty cases if u dont wanna read what i put then dont read it ..simple.

  • Solomon says:


  • christopher says:

    Seriously guys. I have been a supporter of PETA and animal rights since I became a vegetarian over 15 years ago but it’s comments and comparisons like this that bring negative attention to our overall goal. What Ginobili did was a quick and thoughtless reaction and not a premeditated act of harm to a defenseless animal. To liken this dogfighting is quite a stretch. When a bee or insect is flying around my head I swat at it as I am sure most of us do. Please put more thought in your future responses. When you make statements like this it paints all vegans vegetarians and animal rights activists in a negative light.

  • JD says:

    “hes from argentina thats the kind of stuff they do” geez…typical american ignorant

  • Kurt K says:

    Jackie You obviously don’t watch any pro sports. To think that all pro athletes act like trained apes is very naive. Sure you are going to have some bad apples but the majority are pretty average people who were bless with extraordinary gifts. Don’t assume they are all alike. Assumptions are the mother of all fck ups.

  • Ian says:

    I think the comment was restrained and perfectly fine it just expressed a preference and made a general point. It wasn’t an indictment of Manu. Dear antiPETApeople keep your perspective. By the way how does this reaction compare to the famous Randy Johnson bird killing episode?

  • anuvong says:

    well the way i see it i do agree with people that this situation could’ve been handled much better if they had taken the time to think about it. but it would be unnessary to stop a whole game just because of one bat… i don’t think manu did anything wrong here.

  • Derek, MD says:

    Jared Outside of science fiction novels there is no such thing as reverse entropy. Try reading a textbook instead of Asimov or Hubbard.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antonie For the bulk of our existence meaning homo sapiens we have been all over the world and we have been huntergatherers. Our early ancestors that you are speaking of dating back 3.5 million years ago are not humans. We may or may not have evolved from them. But to compare a modern human to the primates of 3.5 million years ago is like comparing a raptor to a turkey. Both come from the same ancestors but each are very different. The modern human has always been a hunter. There is no disputing that. That is the evolutionary path we took.

  • Ron says:

    For the most part I appreciate the efforts Peta takes to watch out for animals. Unfortunately the comment which started this Blog has put placed Peta in a bad light. I hope most of Peta’s supporters agree and will refrain from these petty comments in the future. Their efforts should be concentrated against serious atrocities. It leaves me thinking Peta’s next complaint will be against a Hyena bullying Lion cubs. also rediculous

  • Jackie says:

    Well what do you expect when we celebrate men for acting like wild animals. Many sports stars have also being disrespectful of women. You give them thousands of dollars to act like a trained ape that’s what you’re going to get in returnn.

  • Colin says:

    Antoine You say that arguing against the comparison of bats and babies is prejudicial. Well that’s true it is based on the prejudice that humans are somehow more valuable than bats but it’s not really a useful statement. You can’t just dismiss an argument by saying it’s prejudicial really all arguments are. Usually when one uses the word “prejudice” it refers to a particular prejudice that society views or at least should view as unacceptable racism antisemitism nationalism etc. But prejudice also means any preconceived opinion about anything. We really can’t function without them. People hold all sorts of semirational prejudices toward things like income equality use of technology civil rights and more. Even stupid little things like it’s bad to get a cold are prejudices. In this case I and honestly probably a large majority of the country have a prejudice that human life is more valuable than animal life you apparently disagree with that. Most people probably recognize this prejudice too. You can label arguments based on that as prejudiced but that’s just stating the obvious. The real debate is whether the prejudice is right or wrong but that will always fall back on other prejudices aka morals we have. You probably believe that your prejudice is superior to mine but don’t try to use something we disagree on as a principle of your argument. Wow I said “prejudice” too much in that. Not like I had a choice I guess.

  • Shawn says:

    How can most of you guys defend an animal but then slander a human? Are you serious? I don’t know if you guys know this but humans ARE ANIMALS TOO! What continues to bug me is how can you fight such for such a strong cause like animal abusecruelty yet we have HUMANS that are homeless and starving but you don’t seem to think about them much. People are funny.

  • nakisha says:

    Im glad the bat was ok but i think there could have been a better way to get it out of there. I dont care how “famous” or “professional” or who he is just have a little respect for other living beings.

  • lynda downie says:

    Kurt I agree some situations call us to act on instinct no doubt. And each of us acts according to something triggered within us. One person may swat an annoying fly another gently brush it away.

  • Thomas says:

    “To bludgeon a 4ounce animal to death” The bat didn’t die and flew away after the usher took it outside. Sheesh way to rush to judgment.

  • WoW...! says:

    I mean.. preach it Emma…! not Jaabus…

  • John Carlson says:

    lets not overreact the bat is fine. Lets pick bigger fights like inhumanity in slaughtering animals. This is plain ludicrous.

  • OooWee! says:

    Not gonna lie that was actually pretty awesome!

  • KL says:

    Well the game would have been delayed for a really long time if it kept flying around angering fans who just wanted to watch a game and plus he didn’t mean to really hit it that hard manu is a good guy so don’t degrade him because he is playing what he loves.

  • clay says:

    to those complaining about the comment “he is from argentina that’s what they do there” and calling it racist you should watch the postgame interview with Manu. Manu says “im from argentina we do that for fun”. he was joking. and the bat didnt die. if the bat died they would have been able to find out if it had rabies or not but no they are forcing manu to get rabies shot as a preventative measure. they dont know if the bat had rabies or not. the bat was stunned manu said the bat was still moving when he picked it up.

  • Jared says:

    Sorry Kurt K I made the same mistake as Max ref Alicia. I was really responding to Antoine.

  • chelsea says:

    it’s a bat….and i’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose. and it’s a bat. if it was a puppy that’s a different story. but it wasn’t.

  • Jared says:

    Kurt K It is pretty silly to compare the bat to a baby. The bat had the potential to cause harm. Its more like he tackled a guy who ran onto the court with a knife both disrupting the game and threatening the welfare of others. Also it doesn’t matter how or why humans have found their place in the food chain. The fact is that reverse entropy is asserted in the natural world through consumption. Plants consume minerals and organise them so that when eaten by other living things they provide nutritional value not found in the original matter. At the top of the food chain animals consume the proteins that have been previously organized by other animals. This process allows for organisms to benefit from the efforts of others down the food chain and conserve their own energy. Sorry I didn’t intend to debate vegitarianism. All I really wanted to say was GO MANU!!!

  • Antoine says:

    Kurt K. Humans have existed in our current stage of evolution paleolithic or “caveman” for about 3.5 to 6 million years. we only became predator in the last 20 thousand or so years and only moved to cold climates during that period as well. For the bulk of our existence on this planet we were prey and lived in warm climates of central Africa. As for me2 you find it offensive that a charity exists for animals when there are people dying in the world? So what are YOU doing to help the people dying in the world? How is eating your steak and chicken helping children dying in the world? And how is animal cruelty HELPING the starving children of the world? Children starve in the world. Animals are abused. The two are not related and we can stop both. Those who usaully make these kinds of statements are usually doing NOTHING to help the problem. Forgetting that being vegan is one of the best things that you can do personally to help the starving peoples of the world Peter Singer an utilitarian philosopher of ethics most famous for his book Animal Liberation is the ONLY major philosopher making an ethical claim that we as humans have a RESPONSIBILITY to help the poorest people on the planet not by charitable choice but as a selfpreservating necessity by helping to feed the people of the world with charities such as Unicef etc. Animal protection groups at the beginning of the last century helped to create children protection laws. Many suffragettes and abolitionists were also animal welfarists and vegetarians. Most vegans and animal rights activists are compassionate people who care about ALL life humans and non Meanwhile those who commit cruelty to animals always also commit cruelty to humans are abusive in their daily lives and are often also irresponsible members of society polluting destroying natural habitats etc AND if you are SO OFFENDED by a charity that protects animals when children are dying why are you not offended by all the other groups who promote random things like macrame and potmaking? Should those not offend you? Because how DARE they waste their time on that when children are dying!!! to be clear I have nothing against macrame or potmaking In fact why are people even playing and watching BASKETBALL when children are dying?!! And if the children dying of starvation in the world is so important to you that you feel that no one should EVER focus on anything else I hope that you either work for a charity to fight world hunger or at least spend ALL of your freetime helping fight hunger. right?

  • Mel says:

    For starters guys the bat survived. And they released the bat… … which means that Manu will have to undergo a series of rabies shots because they didn’t keep the bat to test it for rabies. So he’s getting precautionary shots to his stomach VERY PAINFUL shots BTW because people released the bat. Please understand this every paper has mentioned these two facts. Score is if you really want to know it Bat 1 Manu 0 because the bat survived and was released and Manu has to get the shots so he doesn’t get rabies.

  • Kyla says:

    I think he did just fine with the bat situation. The bat is still alive and happily out of the stadium. Plenty of people would have just stomped it as soon as it hit the ground. That’s what our local police did when my grandma called about a bat in her house. He took his opportunity to handle the problem and did it well.

  • emma says:

    oh come on people i love peta and i love animals but at the end of the day if a bat or bird flew in my direction i would prob raise my hands to cover my head and if that meant accidently swatting it then so be it if this guy no idea who he is whacked the bat with a tennis or baseball bat then let the uproar begin but all he did is swat it away and stunned it for a few mins people have posted that the bat flew away after so wheres the crime?? i defend animals to the core but my definition of defending animals is trying to stop the disgusting fur lab abuse trades i think this story is daft and a waste of screen space. the guy in question is no vick the prick is he so why the anger? i squash spiders cause i hate them and i wish they go extinct but it wouldnt deserve me being slagged off the bat lived the guy isnt a bad man and it was an accident so please concentrate on something a bit more worthy of our attention. we need to stop the seal killing the testing on animals the fur trade the abuse of elephants in circuses not to sit and pull down a man who didnt kill or intentionaly harm anything.

  • Jeebus says:

    If cruelty to animals was a sin God would have struck Manu down on the spot. Or maybe he’ll inflict upon him a losing season. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Alicia says:

    MAX Read carefully and know before you comment that the comment you are referring too was below my comment. I believe it was from Jason. I said nothing about Argentina but that this may have been a stunt gone wrong. Be fully educated on a comment and WHO the comment was from before you go and try to call a person out on something. Thank you for the clarification Jane Ann Craig. I just thought that was such and odd coincidence that it had to of been a stunt.

  • carla says:

    me2.. then go feed someone. This is Peta and we love and adore animals. As a matter of fact.. I love animals more than most people. People are rude insenstive vile creatures. We kill and abuse animals and most people do not care. Animals are just as important as people and as soon as some people get that thru their thick selfish heads.. this world will be a better place.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antoine “Most noted paleontologists” don’t think humans were predators? Were did you read that? From what I’ve learned over the years it seems humans were both predator and prey. Of course we had predators in the wild most animals do. Early humans ate what was abundant to them. In the winter months animals were abundant not plant life. Your argument seems a bit biased. As far as the bat “controversy” goes if a person ran out on the floor during a game he would received the same treatment. In this case the bat was treated like a human.

  • Valeria says:

    Dear Peta please take your time to read what Manu says today on his FB “Just wanted to give you guys an update on the bat situation. As many of you already know it wasn’t a great idea. Not only for the fact that bats are great part of the ecosystem but also because some carry rabies which is an incurable disease. That’s why I had to get vaccinated today and it wasn’t just one shot!. Only 0.5 to 3 of the bat populations carry the disease but If you can’t find the animal it’s not recommended to take any risks it can kill you! Since after the incident the usher took it outside and the bat flew away not lying! there was no way of knowing if he was infected or not so I had to do the safe thing. Finally please don’t do it at home or anywhere avoid contact with bats skunks raccoons rats and animals like that. Thanks for taking the time to read this.” Manu Ginobili

  • shannon says:

    The bat survived. He was stunned after being hit but wasn’t seriously injured. Ginobili even said that he could feel the bat moving after he scooped him up and gave him to an arena worker to release outside. He managed to fly off after being released outside the arena. Now Ginobili and the person who released the bat are undergoing rabies vaccinations for good measure.

  • Antoine says:

    Ethan most of your points were unthinking or irrelevent so I will only respond to 4 and 6. 4. No it is NOT silly to compare a bat to a baby. obviously the bat is an adult of his species but by virtue of the fact that it is impossible FOR US to reason with him then in that way he is like a human baby and if your objection is that it is silly to compare a bat to us by virtue of the fact that we are humans and he is not. That is actually the silly statement inasmuch as “silly” means a poorly constructed argument. Saying that the bat cannot be compared to another creature who feels human is not a valid scientific or philosophical or even rhetorical argument unless you base it on something…which you do not. Because at its core it is prejudicial. eg why is the bat not deserving of respect? because he is a bat! prejudicial because you could replace the predicate bat with skinny men in tight jeans and it would be the same kind of statement prejudicial. 6. Humans are not predators. In fact most noted paleontologists and anthropologists recognize that early man developped his brain because he was prey which made him have to outthink predators. The foodchain argument does not “fly” either because this basketball player was not killing the bat to eat it. Besides the “food chain” is not a valid one regardless because humans are clearly NOT naturally at the top of the food chain. We have hoisted ourselves up there artifically and this “hoisting” is actually threatening the extinction of our speices.

  • Kurt K says:

    Lynda Do you really think our reflexes reflect our inner attitudes? I would guess our reflexes reflect our basic instincts. You know the fight or flight response. Some would duck like yourself others will defend themselves. Manu choose to defend himself like I would have.

  • Esteban Pcione says:

    For Jason who wrote “hes from argentina thats the kind of stuff they do” The kind of thing you do is to judge a person based on facts you do NOT know. Ginobilli didn’t kill the bat. What has to do Ginobilli’s birth place here?

  • fran says:

    My replay to hes from argentina thats the kind of stuff they do Posted by jason November 2 2009 0430 PM In Argentina we dont have dogs fights we never invade countries we never drop an atomic bomb etc… where are you from? can you say the same?

  • Esteban Pcione says:

    Please double check your information!! Ginobilli didn’t kill the bat.

  • Antoine says:

    The flaw here is in thinking that ” athletes … have brains and a heart not just reactionary brawn.” by definition reactionary brawn is what an athlete is required to have. Most professional sports basketball football hockey are reenactments of war. In fact the coaches commentators and even the ads for the sports use war analogies constantly. Their mind is secondary and their heart is not at all needed for the sport. For an athlete to have a heart and a mind he must stand out from the norm. Again I am not saying that you can not have brilliant athletes who enjoy poetry philosophy and the arts what I am saying is that having a mind is not NEEDED for the sport. And being a kind and compassionate person is not needed either…therefore if an athlete has a heart it is exceptionnal or incidental nothing to do with the fact that he is an athlete and is not something to be expected of him. Most likely if this total douche apologizes he would do it out of pressure like Michael Vick did and would not really mean it. Chances are he will not apologise as most people probably have no issue with what he did because it was a bat not a puppy.

  • Dre says:

    I have a queston to all the PETA people if a small child was killed by a animal would you take the child side or the animal?

  • G... says:

    Guys come on! The bat flew off minutes later… What if itheshe had bit someone out of its fear. I think he just prevented the situation from escalating. And Jason that’s just plain xenophobia a.k.ablatant ignorance

  • R13 says:

    So with all the factory farming mink slaughter and deep sea trawling going on you are harping on one guy hitting a bat and subsequently releasing it? Pick your targets properly.

  • Yay says:

    It’s funny how half the comments here are misspelled.

  • Manu Ginobili says:

    I can’t believe you people are reacting to this. He didn’t even injure the bat! He said in an interview after he didn’t want to hurt it and he didn’t. It wasn’t Manu’s fault in the first place. Bats don’t just fly into arenas…clearly someone brought it in as a Halloween joke. Blame that person!

  • Greg says:

    Seriously…it’s a rodent. It wasn’t trying to fly away from anyone so he took care of the problem. It was not a person it was not a pet it was a diseased rodent with wings. I wish you people would find something more productive to apply your passion to instead of something as minor as this. It makes you look like fools.

  • Anonymous says:

    Please belittle someone worth belittling. This article does nothing but ridicule and question the man only few know he is. Many didn’t know Manu Ginobili the man before this incident. Those who did knew a man who took part in many community events. He is gracious to all those around him. He’s humbling and caring. A man with the perfect image before this honest mistake. To be honest this will pass and won’t hurt his image at all. He’s realized doing what he did was wrong. He turned to his Facebook to say “that bats are great part of the ecosystem.” So as a fan of Mr. Ginobili and the work he does in my community please refrain from belittling him any more than you did in this blog.

  • susanj says:

    oh yes civility. listen this incident rewarded the imbecile who brought the bat into the arena through constant news footage. Missing from every story was of course the bat’s fate. A terrified animal was killed in front of a bunch of cheering maroons. It was treated as a big joke. if there were any remorse and there should have been it would have manifested itself immediately. It didn’t. As a result we have the obligation to CALL THIS CLOWN’S CHARACTER INTO QUESTION. Animal killing is not acceptable. figure out an alternative.