Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/12/12

Pacers forward David West accidentally put Cleveland Cavaliers mascot “Moondog” in the hospital with a playful pregame punch Wednesday night.

“He jumped at me, and I thought we were playing around. Next thing I know he went down,” West said after the game. “It was definitely an accident.”

“I felt terrible about that. I really do,” West said. “We were just having fun before the game, just messing around. I really hope he’s OK. Make sure he knows I’m sorry.”

The mascot suffered an eye injury but was later released from the hospital. As the Cavaliers said, there’s no word on Moondog’s status for Sunday’s home game against the Magic.

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This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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