Reporting Daryl Ruiter
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.
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.
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