Bonner has a wild day

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

Matt (The Red Rocket) Bonner got a taste of Toronto -- The Not So Good -- yesterday as he made his way around the city to do some personal chores.

One stop was an indoor mall at Queen and Yonge. As Bonner wandered by a CIBC branch, a Toronto police SWAT team came flying by, guns drawn.

Bonner then noticed a suspicious looking man wearing sunglasses and a trench coat sitting on a chair inside the bank. As the cops surrounded the man, Bonner decided not to wait around to see what the outcome of the showdown was.

"It was wild," he said. "It was pretty nerve-racking for a few seconds."

MLSEL WANTS YOUR HELP

The Raptors and Maple Leafs announced a partnership yesterday with Purolator Canada to promote Food Drive Awareness Month. At all November basketball and hockey home games at the Air Canada Centre, fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items. The first 25 fans to bring three or more items to Gate 1 on Nov. 20 at noon against the Miami Heat can have their photo taken with a Raptors player, and the first 100 fans to do bring three or more to Gate 1 on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. can for the Leafs game have their photo taken with a Leafs Alumni member.

"It's an alarming fact that more than 175,000 people rely on food relief programs in the GTA," said John Lashway, senior vice-president of communications and community development at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

BIG SHOTS SPOTTED

Spotted at the Raptors game last night were Jays starting pitcher Roy Halladay, a former Cy Young winner, and manager John Gibbons, who escorted free-agent hurler A.J. Burnett to the game. The Jays would like to sign Burnett to a long-term deal. Also in the stands were actors Stephen Dorff and Lara Flynn Boyle and Hollywood big-shot director Barry Levinson.


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