Conor McGregor, the Irish mixed martial artist and boxer, recently punched the Miami Heat’s mascot, Burnie, during a comedy bit at a game. The incident, which was orchestrated to promote McGregor’s new pain relief spray, ended up injuring the man inside the mascot costume.
During the halftime show of Friday’s game, McGregor playfully punched Burnie a couple of times with closed fists as part of the sketch. He even used his new pain relief spray on the mascot. However, the man inside the costume was actually hurt and had to be taken to the hospital.
According to The Athletic, the man inside the mascot costume was treated at the hospital and given pain medication before being released. Despite the injury, it seems that there is no bad blood between McGregor and the Miami Heat organization.
While the incident was intended to be a harmless prank to promote McGregor’s new product, it ended up causing real harm to the man inside the costume. McGregor has yet to comment on the incident, but it is clear that he did not intend to hurt anyone. It serves as a reminder that even seemingly harmless pranks can have unintended consequences.