It’s about to get awkward in Minnesota.
The 54-year-old father of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is thinking about suing the team after a stunt involving Minny’s mascot ended with Karl Towns Sr. suffering a serious knee injury.
According to Sports Illustrated, the elder Towns is exploring his options, which could include a suit for negligence against the team.
The mascot, Crunch, uses a sled to slide down the stairs from what is effectively the concourse level into the lower bowl of the arena and onto the court. When he did so on Jan. 26, Crunch collided with Towns’s father. According to SI, Towns’ father was given an ice pack and was encouraged to leave the game, but declined saying that his son would become distracted if he noticed that he had left the arena mid-game.
SI noted that Towns’ dad needed crutches to get around when he was with the T’Wolves star during NBA All-Star Weekend last month.
There are some legal knots that are untied by SI, but the site’s legal expert foresees the sides reaching a settlement before it gets a chance to go to court.