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Nuggets mascot lowered to the floor while unconscious during pregame introductions (VIDEO)

Nov 2, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

Fans in Denver got a bit of a scare before the Nuggets’ home opener on Friday, when the team’s mascot appeared lifeless as he was lowered to the floor from the rafters during pregame introductions.

A little more detail, from ABC 7 in Denver:

The plan was for Rocky to be lowered in a harness, with a spotlight on him, just before the home opener.

Fans were horrified when a lifeless Rocky was lowered to the center court where he immediately collapsed.  The spotlight was quickly turned off.

Rocky was checked by doctors and taken off the court.

Word from the Nuggets was that Rocky had the wind knocked out of him and would be out for the remainder of the game.

It appears to have been nothing lingering that will impact the person in the mascot outfit moving forward, but let’s try to remember that a person in a stuffed animal outfit only enhances the pregame festivities to a certain point. It’s probably not worth a danger level of anything greater than zero for any “stunts” that may come to mind.

As for the game itself, the Nuggets fell to the Blazers by a final of 113-98.

  1. 407magic - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Wind knocked out of him?? Lol he wouldn’t be motionless. You try to gasp for air and MOVE to get that air

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      I know, right!?

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      LMAO This is hilarious!

    • rpearlston - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Are you forgetting that those costumes can be heavy and the persons wearing them can get very hot? Don’t discount that as a factor here. After all, that individual had to get into the costume, get into the harness and still be lowered to the floor. If the arena was packed (for any home opener, it ought to be packed), it can also get hot.

      That combined with some opening night nerves…

  2. ji8888 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    I don’t want to laugh at this by all mean. But it’s almost like Denver is a ceremony of hanging their mascot.

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Laugh away, we wont judge.

  3. zoomy123 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    LOL! I can’t stop laughing at this.

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Hahaha i know, i feel so evil but i cant help it, this seriously is so funny, like something you’d see in a Will Ferrell movie

    • somekat - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      If I was a Nugs fan, this would be my desktop picture for life

  4. somekat - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    OK, that is just a creepy picture. Especially with the only 3 faces you can see looking up at him smiling (seems like they may have realized something was wrong by that point?). Looks like a witch hanging from the middle ages, lol

  5. juradura - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Nuggs could of used Rocky last night.

  6. kansacity88 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Okay, I feel really horrible but I can’t refrain from laughing. I’m sorry if it offends anybody…..obviously I wouldn’t laugh if the guy in the suit ended up NOT being ok, but he is now so……LMAO!

  7. saintsfire - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    harbinger of nuggets season no?

  8. dougmanoh - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    After finding out he’s ok now, this has to be the funniest thing I’ve read in about 20 years. Ohhhhh man. My stomach hurts from laughing so hard.

  9. abchome - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    It looks like a CSI prologue.

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