The New Orleans Pelicans must think we're really gullible. Today, the organization issued a press release regarding their mascot, Pierre the Pelican. We'll just let you read it for yourself. 

New Orleans Pelicans mascot, Pierre, suffered a broken beak on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Pelicans Practice Facility during a pickup game of basketball with fellow NBA mascots Grizz (Memphis Grizzlies), Rocky (Denver Nuggets) and Slamson (Sacramento Kings), as well as NFL mascot, Gumbo (New Orleans Saints).

The story of Pierre's injury and recovery will air during halftime on Fox Sports New Orleans' broadcast of the Pelicans' match-up with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

The injury occurred late in the pickup game as Pierre drove to the basket and was fouled by Grizz on the play. He sustained a broken beak after running into the padded stanchion on the goal.

Later today, Pierre will have surgery at Ochsner Medical Center to reconstruct the broken beak. Pelicans Team Physician Dr. Mathew McQueen will perform the surgery.

SMDH. But hey, good to see the franchise getting creative with Pierre's makeover because, as everyone knows, something needed to be done to make the mascot more fan (and kid!) friendly. 

Sidebar: How did Grizz get singled out for fouling Pierre? Did they draw straws or something for that one?  

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[via Eye On Basketball]