Robin Lopez doesn’t like mascots. He’s building a reputation for messing with all kinds of costumed friends league-wide. This season alone, according to the Columbia Tribune, he’s got himself a track record:
He temporarily blinded San Antonio’s The Coyote by dislodging his googly eyes in a sneak attack. He dragged Detroit’s Hooper off the court and dropped him on his head. After losing a staring contest with Atlanta’s Harry the Hawk, Lopez lashed out and shoved Harry down on his beak. He has gotten into Twitter beefs with Cleveland’s Moon Dog and Milwaukee’s Bango the Buck.
Franklin, the fearless new Sixers mascot, came right at Lopez after he was unveiled yesterday, saying he can’t wait to see if his bite matches his bark. The Trailblazers don’t visit the Wells Fargo Center again this season, so Franklin will be safe for a while. Lopez still sent some threats though, even if Franklin refuses to back down:
— Franklin (@SixersFranklin) February 11, 2015
Let’s just hope Franklin doesn’t go the way of Harry the Hawk.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Philadelphia in February.