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Arizona State mascot's seemingly innocent prank costs state $76k

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky spikes the pitchfork at center field after the college football game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Sun Devil Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. The Arizona State Sun Devils beat the Colorado Buffaloes 48-23. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky spikes the pitchfork at center field after the college football game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Sun Devil Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. The Arizona State Sun Devils beat the Colorado Buffaloes 48-23. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Back in September, Arizona State's mascot, Sparky, attempted to pull a harmless prank on Tempe councilman David Schapira by simply jumping on his back. What Sparky didn't realize is that Schapira underwent back surgery two months prior and was in no shape to give a piggyback ride to a mascot.

The result was an injury to the councilman and $76,342 paid to him from the state after the two sides settled recently.

Schapira originally sought more than $120,000 for the injury, which was a partial tear of a back muscle.

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Finally home from the hospital! Here's what happened Friday that put me back in hospital 2 months after back surgery: pic.twitter.com/FGdpVli3x9

— David Schapira (@dschapira) September 22, 2015

"I felt a pop in my lower back," Schapira wrote in his claim, via AZCentral. "I tried to push Sparky off as my wife and others yelled to him to get off, but I needed the assistance of another council member, Joel Navarro, to get him off my back."

Maybe next time Sparky will dig deeper into a person's medical history before attempting a prank.