Nuggets mascot in trouble after making unauthorized appearance at GOP rally

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The man inside the mascot uniform for the Denver Nuggets is in a bit of trouble after putting on the outfit and attending a Colorado Republican rally without the organization’s knowledge.

From David Krause of The Denver Post:

Unbeknownst to the Denver Nuggets organization, mascot Rocky was at the Colorado Republican rally Monday and evidently didn’t check with his bosses at Kroenke Sports Enterprises about it.

Nuggets marketing manager Graham Wincott, who handles Rocky and his appearances, said the team’s mascot showing up at the GOP event was “an unsanctioned, unpaid appearance that we had no knowledge of.” …

“As a sports team, we want to be apolitical,” Wincott said. “Two things we never touch on are politics and religion.”

The person responsible is Ken Solomon, who has played the role of Rocky for 20 years.

You never know how a franchise will react to these types of things, but this would appear to be a relatively harmless violation. While it could easily be argued that Solomon should have known better, if all has been well in the relationship before this one incident, it wouldn’t appear to be serious enough for the team to consider seeking a replacement.