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A defendant in wolf’s clothing?

(NBA.com)

(NBA.com)

Overseeing legal coverage for The Daily Record is a blast, don’t get me wrong, but it takes me away from my true passion: covering mascot-related litigation.

Our latest incident comes from Minneapolis, where the father of the Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl Anthony Towns is weighing his legal options after his leg was injured during a mascot stunt in January.

The elder Towns — also named Karl Anthony — was sitting next to an empty chair courtside Jan. 26 when “Crunch” went sledding down an aisle during a timeout, as is his wont. The wolf lost control and crashed into the empty chair, which in turn hit Towns’ right knee.

According to Sports Illustrated:

Towns Sr. stuck around for the rest of the game, but by the end, his knee had begun to swell considerably and he couldn’t put any weight on it. Arena attendants provided Towns Sr. with crutches. He hobbled out of the arena and was taken to a local hospital for an MRI.

Michael McCann, SI’s legal analyst, predicts an out-of-court resolution should Towns seek compensation for his injury.

Crunch could not be reached for comment.

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