Jackson, who is in his mid-20s, initially declined [participating in a free throw contest], 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.
On Boomer's mascot webpage it claims that he likes "playing practical jokes on people." Some other popular pranks have included punching old women in the kidneys, pushing wheelchair-bound fans down sets of stairs, and releasing mustard gas on a Kurdish town in northern Iraq.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg in NBA mascots gone wild. In a triumphant return to writing for The Basketball Jones, J.E. Skeets details the recent history of plushy, fan-endearing criminal activity. It's a must-read.