Conor McGregor Sends Heat Mascot To The E.R. After Punching Him At Game 4

Conor McGregor hospitalized the Heat's mascot after punching him during Game 4.

BYCole Blake
2023 NBA Finals - Game Four

Conor McGregor sent the employee who was playing the Miami Heat mascot, "Burnie," to the hospital during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night. The former UFC champion punched the mascot during a skit for the halftime show.

The bit was orchestrated to promote McGregor's new pain relief spray, which he used on the Mascot after punching him twice. The punches, however, ended up doing serious damage to the man in the Burnie suit. The Heat confirmed that the employee was actually knocked out and hospitalized after the punch. The Athletic reports that the man is doing okay and has since been released with pain medication. McGregor has yet to comment on the situation.

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Conor McGregor At Game 4 Of The NBA Finals

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 09: Conor McGregor on the court during a timeout in Game Four of the 2023 N.B.A. Finals between the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat at Kaseya Center on June 09, 2023, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

Fans shared plenty of laughs on social media in response to the skit. "That mascot had nudes of his wife or something because that 2nd shot was anger for no reason," one user tweeted. Another shared a clip from Scarface with the caption, "Mascot talking to his lawyers about to take McGregor to the cleaners." Others expressed concern for the mascot's health once news broke that he was actually injured.

McGregor hasn’t fought inside the octagon since injuring his leg in a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. His most recent win came in January 2020 against Donald Cerrone. Check out his two punches on the Heat's mascot in the clip below.

Conor McGregor's Hit On The Heat's Mascot

As for the NBA Finals, the Denver Nuggets went on to take Game 4 later in the night, advancing to 3-1 in the series. They'll have a chance to close it out and win their first NBA title on Monday night on their home court. The game will tip off at 8:30 PM, ET.

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