Cavs’ Mascot Moondog Latest Injury Victim

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan
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Moondog, mascot of the Cleveland Cavaliers / Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Moondog, mascot of the Cleveland Cavaliers / Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan/AP) – Not even the Cavaliers’ mascot is immune from injury this season.

First Anderson Varejao, Daniel Gibson and Kyrie Irving.

Now Moondog.

It’s been that kind of season.

The Cavaliers’ mascot was taken to the hospital after sustaining an apparent eye injury while playfully wrestling with Indiana Pacers forward David West.

During pregame introductions, West got into a mock fight with Moondog, who often interacts and teases opposing players. West accidentally struck the character in the mask, sending him to the hospital with an eye injury.

“I feel terrible about that, I really do,” said West, who was visibly upset. “We were just having fun. We were just messing around. I really hope he’s OK. Make sure he knows I’m sorry.”

Hibbert thought Moondog was joking when he went down holding the head of his costume.

“For real?” Hibbert said. “We thought he (Moondog) was just playing when it happened. Oh man, that’s crazy. I can’t believe it happened. I’ve never heard anything like that in the NBA.”

A Cavs spokesman said the mascot was checked out and released.

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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