Just Asking: The Mascot

sigorillasuitSports Illustrated, 2002

Bob Woolf, 37, has been employed as the Phoenix Suns’ dunk-happy gorilla mascot since 1988.

How do you go to the bathroom when you’re wearing the suit?
Other mascots use a bottle. You finish the Mountain Dew bottle, and you fill her back up. But my suit has no zipper, so if I’ve got to go to the bathroom, I go before or after.

When does a gorilla think about retiring?
Gosh, it’s been in my blood for so long, I’d be scared to death in the real world without the gorilla.

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