Home openers are supposed to be one of the highlights of your season, in any sport, but the Denver Nuggets and their fans got quite the scare Friday night as they opened up the Pepsi Center for the 2013-2014 season.
One of the most recognizable mascots in the NBA is Rocky, the Denver Nuggets’ mountain lion who is known for his aerial and acrobatic stunts.
Rocky was set to open festivities on Friday night by being lowered down from the rafters, but things quickly turned chaotic and frightening when Rocky was clearly motionless as he was being lowered from the ceiling.
Per The Denver Channel 7:
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.
Even scarier was that the camera angle made it appear as if Rocky was literally hanging by his neck, not the harness strapped behind him.
Thankfully, the man inside the suit was deemed to be okay after some medical attention (reports suggest he had the wind knocked out of him) and he’ll be back in action for the Nuggets’ next home game.