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Moondog doesnt bark or bite, but the Cavaliers mascot does like to horse around. On Wednesday, his playfulness resulted in a quick trip to the veterinarian -- er, hospital.
The incident took place prior to the Cavs home game against Indiana, when Moondog staged his usual routine of play-fighting with a player from the opposing team. In this case, the player was Pacers forward David West.
While no video or details of the fake clash were available, Moondog was spotted running through the bowels of Qucken Loans Arena with a towel over his eye.
West was apologetic afterward.
He jumped at me, and I thought we were playing around, and next thing I know he went down, West said. It was definitely an accident.
Moondog was treated and released from the hospital, according to team officials, and should return for the Cavs next home game, Sunday vs. Orlando. The Cavs lost Wednesdays game, 104-96, in overtime.
West took a little ribbing from his Pacers teammates, but seemed to take the matter seriously.
I felt terrible about that, I really do, West said. We were just having fun before the game, just messing around. I really hope hes OK. Make sure he knows Im sorry.
Moondog has been the Cavs mascot since 2003. His name is a play on famous Cleveland disc jockey Alan Reed, credited with popularizing the phrase rock and roll." Reed went by the nickname Moondog.
Interestingly, many professional sports mascots earn close to or even more than 100,000 per year.
There are rumors circulating that some former mascots are putting together a tell-all book about their experiences providing entertainment for NBA fans.
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