Karl-Anthony Towns Sr., the father of the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, is considering his legal options after an incident during a January home game inflicted a serious leg injury, according to Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann.
Those options include potentially suing the Minnesota Timberwolves for negligence.
During a timeout in the second quarter of the T’Wolves’ Jan. 26 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Minnesota mascot lost control at the end of a sledding stunt down a flight of stairs. The mascot, named Crunch, crashed into an empty row of chairs, and those chairs hit the 54-year-old Towns, Sr.’s right knee.
The stunt is frequently performed at the Target Center and has been performed by the Utah Jazz mascot, as well.
Towns Sr. was in “considerable pain,” per McCann, using an ice pack to reduce swelling. He refused to seek medical care at the behest of team attendants, however, under the belief his absence would negatively influence his son’s play.
At least the referees were consistent, we suppose, since this play also earned Leonard a technical foul. After Damian Lillard missed the first technical free throw, Westbrook knocked down the second, resulting in a one-point swing in the game.
On the TNT broadcast, Reggie Miller complained about the game becoming “too soft” as the officials went back to look at the initial play that earned a technical.
The NBA’s increased emphasis on player safety, especially on hits around the head area, is good and important. But Miller might actually be right on this one. What lines of decorum do either of these plays cross? Did either really pose a threat for further escalation later on in the game? From our perspective, it doesn’t seem like it at all, for either one.