You may remember us sharing a story about a month ago about Karl Towns Sr. being injured at a Timberwolves game. Karl’s dad, one of the nicest people in the history of people, was at the bad end of a stunt by the Timberwolves’ mascot, Crunch. One of Crunch’s routines is riding a sled down the stairs at games, and at the end of one said routine, he lost balance and hit an empty front row aisle seat, which then crashed into Karl Sr.’s right knee, causing him significant pain. According to The Crossover, Karl Sr. is now considering suing the Timberwolves and Crunch for negligence.
Towns Sr. suffered considerable pain and was given an ice pack to reduce swelling. The Crossover has learned that while arena attendants encouraged Towns Sr. to leave the game and seek care at a local hospital, he refused to do so. Towns Sr. believed that his son–the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2016–would notice his father’s absence. In turn, Towns Sr. reasoned, Towns Jr. might worry about his father’s health and not play as well. 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.
Three weeks later, Towns Sr. was spotted at All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, in which his son played. Towns Sr. was on crutches at the time and appeared to be moving in pain.
Now, of course the incident was an accident, but it is worth pointing out that the routine looks pretty dangerous and it’s a wonder no one’s gotten hurt yet:
The Crossover’s Michael McCann breaks down Karl Sr.’s case against the Timberwolves, concluding that they will probably settle out of court. Still, it’s not every day the father of an NBA superstar sues his son’s own team.