Just when you thought it was safe to be an NBA mascot, the Phoenix Gorilla gets punched out by a Miami Heat fan in his home state.
It happened at a Dave & Buster’s in Tempe, Arizona when one of the Phoenix Gorilla’s attempted to get a high-five from Heat fan named Timothy Austin:
The Suns Gorilla at the event, Robert Woolf, who is not the same Suns Gorilla who performs at games, was at Dave & Buster’s with other Suns employees, police said. Woolf attempted to high-five Timothy Austin, who refused to participate because he is a Miami Heat fan, police said.
The gorilla, acting in a way he described as “playful,” kicked Austin. Austin then threw a punch, and police were called.
“After explaining that both subjects could be charged with assault and arrested, they both agreed not to press charges,” according to the police report.
Apparently, the Gorilla got a bloody nose and learned that you never mess with a pissed-off Miami Heat fan.
(Courtesy of Off The Bench)