Denver Nuggets star breaks silence after brutal injury

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Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon spoke to the media for the first time since being attacked by his dog last week. Gordon broke down what had happened and why he thought his canine friend laid into him a bit.

"I guess it's a little bit embarrassing, but not too embarrassing to where I can't talk about it," Gordon said (h/t Denver Post). "I don't drink a lot during the season. I probably had a little bit too much eggnog. I was kind of roughhousing with my dog, and I think my dog got a little excited and just basically chomped down. Gave me a bite. And I was basically wrestling him off of me, and then he bit my hand. For lack of better words, I was (messing) around with my dog, and when you (mess) around, you find out."

Despite being on the receiving end of some bites, No. 50 stood by his dog, insisting that he is indeed, a good boy.

"He's a good boy. He's a good dog," Gordon said. "… Very attached. Very sweet. Very strong. Great dog."

Denver Nuggets star Aaron Gordon receives 21 stitches after being attacked by his dog

News of Gordon's obscure injury first broke on Wednesday, when The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the attack.

Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon will miss time after suffering injuries to his hand and face from a dog bite on Christmas," Charania wrote. "Gordon required 21 stitches to the lacerations on his face and right hand — his shooting hand — following the dog bite, league sources said."

Gordon returned to Denver's lineup on Monday night in their victory over the spiraling Charlotte Hornets. The former Arizona standout posted an efficient 10 points on 4-of-5 from the field and grabbed a pair of rebounds on the side.