For real. But not to worry. Read: (emphasis is mine)
Animal control officials in Staten Island say the bird was beaten so fiercely that most of its tail feathers fell out and it had to be euthanized.
Problem solved. I don't know who this man is, but he needs to be added to the Knicks staff. Be on the lookout for Steve's return in other forms. I myself had to choke out a groundhog just this afternoon.
Note: I just added a new section called "Steve Francis Hauntings". Keep your eye on the news for more of these.