Let us first hope that the (wo)man who plays Rocky, the Denver Nuggets' mountain lion mascot, is in good health. Let us then hope that no children at the Pepsi Center for the Nuggets' home opener on Friday were permanently scarred by watching Rocky get lowered from the rafters via a harness while completely lifeless, only to collapse on the floor and be taken off the court.
From Denver's ABC affiliate:
The plan was for Rocky to be lowered in a harness, with a spotlight on him, just before the home opener.
Fans were horrified when a lifeless Rocky was lowered to the center court where he immediately collapsed. The spotlight was quickly turned off.
The team says the actor who plays Rocky had the wind knocked out of him/her. What an awfully scary situation. You can see a quick glimpse of what Nuggets fans saw in this capture from Altitude Sports' coverage of the game (via Point Forward).
This tweet from the arena says it all.
Nuggets mascot was just lowered from the ceiling limp and then just laid down on the floor. Wat pic.twitter.com/3RgWLV4i4c— Dane Carbaugh (@danecarbaugh) November 2, 2013
Between this episode and Pierre the Pelican's terrifying debut, it's been a dark week for mascots.