Jose Lambiet

Burnie’s hijinks lead to another lawsuit against Miami Heat

Miami Heat mascot Burnie.
Miami Heat mascot Burnie. Miami Herald file photo

The Miami Heat — again — are feeling the burn of a lawsuit involving mascot Burnie.

The Heat were sued Tuesday for hijinks involving its popular NBA basketball-nosed character.

AmericanAirlines Arena guard Juanita Griffiths claims she was doing her job keeping fans in check at a game March 23, 2017 — a thrashing of the Heat by the Toronto Raptors — when Burnie ran into her.

Griffiths says she stood facing the fans during a timeout and couldn’t see the mascot.

Burnie, the 55-year-old plaintiff says, was performing a routine nearby when he bumped her.

Griffiths claims she went flying and landed on the ground, injuring her leg.

Griffiths, who was working for the Contemporary Services Corp. that night, is suing the club in a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court for negligence and negligent supervision.

Burnie, court papers read, performs “floor acrobatics” that “endanger other personnel on the court.”

“The lawsuit speaks for itself,” said Keith Chapin, Griffiths attorney. “My client suffered a leg injury.”

Chapin says Griffiths is able to work and remains a security guard.

Chapin also represented Caribbean Elementary School teacher Susan Sanchez, who sued Burnie in March 2015. She claimed Burnie visited the school and got her into a dance routine. Burnie allegedly lifted her leg up to help do a split and tore her hip.

That case was settled in December 2016, and the agreement remains confidential.

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