Well now we get word that the New Orleans Pelicans organization is planning to do something about it. In a press release, the organization claims that Pierre the Pelican was injured in a pickup game and needs reconstructive facial surgery.
Here is the team’s official press release.
New Orleans Pelicans mascot, Pierre, suffered a broken beak on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Pelicans Practice Facility during a pickup game of basketball with fellow NBA mascots Grizz (Memphis Grizzlies), Rocky (Denver Nuggets) and Slamson (Sacramento Kings), as well as NFL mascot, Gumbo (New Orleans Saints).
The story of Pierre’s injury and recovery will air during halftime on Fox Sports New Orleans’ broadcast of the Pelicans’ match-up with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
The injury occurred late in the pickup game as Pierre drove to the basket and was fouled by Grizz on the play. He sustained a broken beak after running into the padded stanchion on the goal.
Later today, Pierre will have surgery at Ochsner Medical Center to reconstruct the broken beak. Pelicans Team Physician Dr. Mathew McQueen will perform the surgery.
Pickup basketball with other mascots is just hilarious, but I understand what they are trying to do. I applaud the New Orleans Pelicans organization for trying to give Pierre a makeover because he needs it. Let’s just hope that the organization doesn’t screw up again this time around.