Crazy Stories About the People Inside Sports Mascots

It seems that every sports team has a mascot now. From all levels of sports, mascots these days are as much a part of the game day experience as expensive beer, uncomfortable seats, and “We Will Rock You.” They can range from weird (the Orlando Magic's “Stuff the Magic Dragon”), oddly menacing (the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants' Mad Ant), to nightmare-inducing (the New Orleans Pelicans' King Cake Baby). But, in some cases it is the people who play the sports mascots that are more interesting than the character they play.

Despite seeing them almost every time you see a sporting event, what do we really know about the people who are the sports mascots? Beneath the costumes, who are these “performers”? While it may seem like all fun and games, some sports mascot stories might surprise you. From crimes to death by heat stroke from being inside the stifling costumes, there's a lot more to sports mascots - both pro and amateur - than meets the eye.