Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Move over Artest and Jackson

The Indiana Pacer's mascot Boomer, a 6-foot-tall blue cat with gold whiskers stuck with team policy by getting mixed up with the law. A former Pacers fan, Nathaniel Jackson, alleges in his lawsuit against the NBA team and the performer who portrays the feline mascot that as he entered Conseco Fieldhouse for a March 11, 2005 game against Golden State he was asked to take part in a free-throw shooting contest during a timeout. Jackson 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 filed. 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. An 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.

From a first class organization that breeds gangsters like Ron Artest and Stephen 'dump' Jackson, you'd expect their 'friendly mascot' to be part of the gang. If you are ever stupid lucky enough to get tickets to a Pacers game, make sure you have exact change for the hot-dog vendor. That is unless you enjoy being rolled down concrete stairs and being kicked in the nads by the team's marketing rep. The NBA, it's ghetto-fabulous!

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