In the rodeo world, bull riders are like the President of the United States, while the rodeo clowns serve as their Secret Service. The word selfish is not in their job description, but don't tell that to Chet Dunkle who panicked last week at the Lincoln Rodeo pushing future PBR hall of famer, Bubba Krell, directly into a raging bull's path in order to save himself.
Chet, who happens to be a legitimate dwarf, had disciplinary issues leading up to the incident causing some to speculate why he wasn't removed from the tour sooner.
Three weeks prior in Tulsa, Chet threw a bucket of peanuts on a child with a severe airborne nut allergy.
According to rodeo staffers, Chet pretended like he was going to throw a bucket of water on the crowd-classic clown prank. After running around with a full bucket of water, Chet ducked behind the fence and secretly swapped buckets. Running full steam towards the front row he dumped a bucket of peanuts and laughed uncontrollably. "Fooled you-dummies!" he yelled.
As you might have expected, the child had a severe reaction and nearly died had it not been for the quick reaction of his mother who managed to jab the EpiPen into her son.
Despite the traumatic situation, Chet allegedly walked back stage and said, "See. I told you it would all work out," according to the senior rodeo clown on staff that night who declined to be identified for this article.
Two weeks prior to "The Incident" Chet had a dust up with the mayor of Cheyenne, WY.
A maintenance worker told MPG that a few of the cowboys insisted the mayor have some barbecue with them before the rodeo. When the food came out, little Chet shoved everyone out of his way to get in line first. Bubba Krell, who would later get impaled by Chet's horrible action, blocked him and publicly reprimanded the little fella for cutting in line.
The angry dwarf couldn't let it go. During a break in between rides, Chet grabbed a T-Shirt gun and scurried over to where the mayor was seated, taking a sniper's stance. Phoomp...Phoomp. He managed to fire off 3 shirts at the mayor before the XXL shirt jammed the gun. "How'd that barbecue taste you bastard?" his little high pitched voice screamed.
The crowd roared into a frenzy as the overwhelming majority of fans strongly disagreed with the mayor's policies. Once again, Chet got a pass.
Lincoln, Nebraska May 18, 2014 "The Incident"
Bubba Krell lasted 7.4 seconds on the toughest bull in the pen, bringing the crowd to their feet.
After being tossed from the bull Chet halfheartedly tried to distract the bull who was moving out of control.
In order to save himself from the charging bull, Chet grabbed Bubba by the shoulder and tossed him directly into the bull's path to buy some time. Spectators described the sound of bones crushing as unforgettable.
Once pinned to the ground, the bull speared Bubba and stomped him repeatedly. Every available cowboy and rodeo clown ran out to help the suffering man while Chet ran in the opposite direction to save himself.
After a few minutes the bull was under control, but Bubba was in bad shape. All in, he had 4 broken ribs, a punctured lung, crushed left testicle and fractured femur. He'll never ride a bull again in his life.
Chet cut his finger while hopping over the fence and demanded that he share the ambulance with Bubba as he too needed medical attention. "My finger! My finger!" he yelled as he jumped ahead of battered cowboy's gurney into the ambulance.
When asked if he was remorseful about "The Incident" the pint sized rodeo worker gave this statement to reporters:
When I was first hired by Extreme Rodeo, I was told that I would have to keep on my toes. Not just because I am a dwarf, but because the inside of a bull ring can be a very dangerous place. I have decided to put my rodeo clown career on hold while I sort some things out and rehab my finger. I would like to thank all of my fans for their support.