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Karl Towns’ dad considering suing the Timberwolves mascot for negligence after knee injury

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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.

[Sports Illustrated]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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26 Comments for Karl Towns’ dad considering suing the Timberwolves mascot for negligence after knee injury



  1. RackEmWillie
    11:06 am March 3, 2017 Permalink

    Just another spoiled millennial brat trying to get money for nothing.



    • UK Basketball is More Fun Than Law School
      12:10 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      How is Karl Towns’ dad a millennial?



    • Megan
      1:01 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      What a maroon!



    • RackEmWillie
      1:09 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      To say Towns’ dad isn’t a millennial is simply fake news. Anything to the contrary is simply untrue.



    • RackEmWillie
      1:20 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      I had also heard that after attempting to get his money for nothing, Towns’ father was spotted at a local watering hole screaming for his “Chicks for free” despite not lifting a single refrigerator or any color t.v.s.

      If that level of entitlement isn’t a rich spoiled millennial, I don’t know what is.



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:21 am March 3, 2017 Permalink

    If the Twolves didn’t pay for his injuries, he SHOULD sue them. That was their negligence and they should be responsible for it. That does not mean that he should be looking for “emotional damages” or inflating the lawsuit for personal gain.



    • JusSayin
      11:33 am March 3, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not saying I disagree. But if the court didn’t award punitive damages the financial penalty of companies being negligent, wouldn’t be enough to deter them from doing it.

      Thats the real reason courts do it.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      12:01 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      can totally see that argument….



    • Megan
      1:12 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Mitigating damages would be Sr.’s refusal to seek prompt medical attention despite being urged. The excess swelling etc. caused by this delay is entirely on him.

      Emotional damages are not the same as punitive damages. Emotional damages are compensatory; they attempt to make the injured person whole. Seeking compensation for pain and suffering isn’t enriching; it’s entirely appropriate relief. Punitive damages, as the name makes clear, are not compensatory. (They’re also taxable.) They’re not always allowed.



    • JusSayin
      1:33 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      I know the pain & suffering damages are not the same as punitive damages. I was speaking to the “inflating the lawsuit for personal gain” part.

      Sometimes those big lawsuit awards have more to do with the offender than the victim.

      Plus if Karl Sr. tried to take care of the injury on his own health insurance, the insurance company would likely make him sue anyway.



  3. winagain1
    11:51 am March 3, 2017 Permalink

    That’s about like suing dancing guy just because he picks up your child and throws them down the steps…it’s part of the atmosphere. If you’re not up to it, stay home.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      12:00 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      That analogy is so far from accurate that I’m just going to pretend that you are using sarcastic humor.



    • terwilliger
      12:09 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      You don’t have to pretend.



    • J-Dub421
      12:26 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Dancing guy is just a random fan. The mascot is a part of the organization doing an organization sanctioned stunt. See the difference?



    • Megan
      1:25 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t see a lot of difference there. Because the organization had longstanding notice and endless opportunity to prohibit or restrict what Dancing Guy’s been doing all these years, it has effectively acquiesced in his antics and given him apparent authority to continue his stunts. The organization has a duty of care to its customers, and it cannot fulfill that duty by doing nothing when a danger to customers becomes apparent.

      It’s a bit like arguing Kroger has no duty to sweep up the grapes that random customers let fall to the floor, that it’s only liability for slip and fall when someone in the organization does the dropping. The owner of the premises is liable regardless if there is notice and a reasonable opportunity/ability to address the hazard or, at a minimum, post a warning of the risk.



    • 2Dogs
      2:00 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Winagain’s comment gets funnier every time I read it. I guess it’s the visual that goes along with it.



    • J-Dub421
      2:22 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Dancing guy had always previously dance by himself. There was a precedent of solo dancing. He was also not affiliated with Rupp in any way, therefore they don’t necessarily have any control over him or any responsibility for him. Dancing guy only picked someone up once, it went badly, and they told him he couldn’t dance any more. There was no reason to think he would pick someone up, as he had never done so before.

      “The organization has a duty of care to its customers, and it cannot fulfill that duty by doing nothing when a danger to customers becomes apparent.”

      “The owner of the premises is liable regardless if there is notice and a reasonable opportunity/ability to address the hazard or, at a minimum, post a warning of the risk.”

      Using your own arguments Megan, there is a clear risk in allowing a person to sled down the steps in an arena when they have zero means of controlling the pace of the sled or steering it in any way. There is an obvious and apparent danger to their customers and they should be held liable in this situation. It’s not like Towns Sr. was in the isle. The mascot careened out of control.



  4. UK Basketball is More Fun Than Law School
    12:11 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

    It’s a wonder no one’s gotten hurt yet? Somebody did…



  5. CarltonBanks
    12:31 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

    I assume that if Sr. were to use his own health insurance the carrier would force him to sue the organization or they would go to subrogation. I don’t see what the big deal is.



  6. Han
    12:33 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

    At first it seems a little ugh since his son will make a couple hundred million dollars in his career, but at the same time, it’s kind of important. While he’ll not be screwed financially by medical bills or lost wages because of his son, and hopefully he makes a full recovery and doesn’t have permanent loss of quality of life…this could easily have ruined someone else’s life. Not everyone in the lower arena of a ball game is stinking rich, and if someone there on a friend’s ticket or from a contest who is barely scraping by gets crippled by this kind of mascot thing or if a kid gets seriously injured, what happens? Would the team/arena step up and pay their medical bills and any lost wages? Not a sure thing. A lot of times, organizations will cite the whole “You agreed to a waiver when you used the ticket” thing.

    So I’m ok with him doing this for the sake of making sure they are safer (he wasn’t ignoring caution tape or anything, right?). But he should donate any settlement, publicly if there’s not an NDA, to a charity important to him or Karl. Otherwise it’ll just appear entitled and greedy.

    I like a good atmosphere at a game, and there’s risk of contact from a player or the ball, but mascots or halftime activities need to be careful not to be reckless.



    • Megan
      1:29 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Agree with a lot of what you said, but Kat’s money is Kat’s money. It’s not his father’s money. His father is a person in his own right and has every right to see redress for the harm that has been inflicted.



    • catsarerunnin
      2:41 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah it would be really silly to expect his gazillionaire son to help in any way…



    • 2Dogs
      3:41 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      If you have a wealthy relative you don’t have rights when others are at fault. That sounded stupid when I thought it and it looks even stupider reading it.



    • catsarerunnin
      8:40 pm March 3, 2017 Permalink

      Stupider expert I presume?