An Atlanta Hawks cheerleader had to be carted off the court on a stretcher after suffering a nasty face plant during one of the team’s cheering routines.
The incident occurred during the second half of the Hawks’ 127-113 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the cheerleader, identified only as “Kristen” on the Hawks’ team website, sustained injuries to her head and neck when she lost her footing and struck her head on the hardwood court at Phillips Arena.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and placed the cheerleader on a stretcher as a safety precaution. She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for examination and released later on Monday night, according to the team.
“Our best wishes are with the cheerleader who had the incident on the court,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said during his postgame press conference. “She is doing well, from what I’m told. We are hoping that she is OK and are keeping things in perspective.”
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According to Kristen’s official Atlanta Hawks bio, she is a full-time pre-kindergarten teacher from Houston, Texas.