If the Sixers ever actually play again (the lockout continues, suits have been filed), it’ll be with a new mascot.
The new team owners announced today the departure of Hip-Hop the rabbit, sunglasses, gloves and all.
Hop Hop “has fallen in love, married and will relocate to a rural part of Pennsylvania to start a family,” according to a news release. “He will therefore be unable to serve as the 76ers team mascot going forward, and will not again appear at a Sixers game.”
The Jim Henson Creature Shop will work with Raymond Entertainment Group to create a new team mascot. That process has already begun, the faint hint of Hip-Hop’s paw prints still on the Wells Fargo Center floor.
The new owners say the mascot change is in response to comments on the NewSixersOwner website.
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