Rabies a concern after bats invaded Pacers-Clippers game


The bat that caused a delay during Thursday’s Pacers-Clippers matchup in Indianapolis might yet still be causing problems.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced that anyone in Bankers Life Fieldhouse who may have come in bare-skin contact with the flying mammal could have been exposed to rabies.

The rabies status of the bat, no longer in the arena, is unknown, and no one has reported having direct contact with it.

Thursday’s game was delayed twice due to the bat, in the first and third quarters, continuing an NBA trend of games being upstaged by bats. A Nets-Spurs matchup in San Antonio on Jan. 31 was held up when a couple of bats flew around the court at the AT&T Center. Jazz mascot Jazz Bear was unable to get his paws on a bat flying around ahead of a game against the Timberwolves on Jan. 25.

Pacers players didn’t seem fazed by Thursday’s interruption.

“That was probably the best part of the game,” Bojan Bogdanovic said after his team’s 116-92 win.

“I didn’t even know Indiana had bats,” Myles Turner told reporters.