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Conor McGregor stuns Heat mascot in bizarre NBA Finals promotion

MIAMI — Conor McGregor knocked out the Miami Heat mascot in midgame gone bad.

Burnie — more specifically, the man in Burnie’s suit — briefly sought medical attention Friday night after taking two punches from McGregor during a third-quarter stoppage in Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and the Denver Nuggets.

The Heat said Saturday the employee, who has not been identified, was given pain medication and was resting at home.

McGregor was there as a promotional gimmick for a painkiller spray – and was booed by many in the Miami crowd before the track even started. The flame mascot wore oversized boxing gloves and a robe similar to what a fighter would wear when entering the ring for a fight. McGregor hit Burnie with a left hook, knocking him down, then hit the mascot again after he hit the ground.

McGregor then attempted to “spray” the mascot with the painkiller, while several members of the Heat game’s promotional team dragged Burnie off the field.

McGregor hasn’t fought since injuring his left leg in a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.

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