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Man Suing The Pacers and Their Mascot

Mar 8, 2007 – 8:51 PM
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Marcel Mutoni

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Man, the Indiana Pacers can't avoid legal trouble, can they?

In what qualifies as the weirdest NBA story this week, a man is suing the Indiana Pacers and the guy who wears the mascot's costume. Seriously.

Two years ago, Nathaniel Jackson attended a Pacers game. He took part in a free throw shooting contest during a stoppage in play, and according to his lawsuit, "Boomer" (the team's feline mascot) tackled him from behind. Jackson alleges that this has caused a permanent back injury. What's interesting is that Jackson had initially declined (allegedly) to take part in the free throw contest because he was recovering from back surgery, but was told by Pacers employees not to worry about a thing.
Jackson, who is in his mid-20s, initially declined, saying he was recovering from back surgery but was assured that "there would be no reason for concern or injury," according to the lawsuit, which was filed March 2 in Marion Superior Court.

After taking part in the free-throw contest, the lawsuit states that Jackson began to leave the basketball court but was tackled from behind by the team's mascot, "Boomer," a 6-foot-tall blue cat with gold whiskers.The employee who knew about Jackson's back surgery immediately told the mascot about the surgery, and Boomer responded by kicking at Jackson's legs, the lawsuit alleges.
This is the second "strange" NBA lawsuit from this season, in November a fan sued Kobe Bryant after the Lakers star landed on him in the stands while chasing a loose ball.
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