Jaguars Forced To Apologize After Mascot's Ebola Joke Goes Awry. Yes, Really
Funny how New York Giants' co-owner Steve Tisch can make an Ebola joke and no one says anything. But the mascot of the Jacksonville Jaguars does it, and the resulting chaos flings the Earth out of its orbit.
— Tom Anderson (@TommyTerrific11) October 6, 2014
Jaguars president Mark Lamping apologized today for the shenanigans of his team's mascot, Jaxson, who on Sunday's game vs. the Steelers displayed the sign you see above while carrying a yellow "Terrible Towel". Twitter went apeshit, and the Jaguars were forced to release a statement.
Lamping said he had no prior knowledge of the stunt.
"Improvisation and humor have both been key elements to the character of Jaxson de Ville, especially when he performs at home games," Lamping said. "On Sunday, the person who has played Jaxson de Ville over the past 20 seasons made an extremely poor decision in that regard.
"The team was unaware of this inappropriate sign, which was hand-made by Jaxson during the fourth quarter of yesterday's game, until after it had been displayed. We are handling the matter internally and taking it very seriously. We extend our sincerest apologies to anyone who was offended."
Pay attention to the wording of that statement, because it's glorious.
1. On Sunday, Jaxson "made an extremely poor decision." Hmm. A decision worse than wearing only a thong to distract kickers during the 2012 Pro Bowl?
And was it worse than this nightmare fuel moment?
2. The sign "was hand-made by Jaxson during the fourth quarter of yesterday's game."
In case, you know, you thought Lamping wrote it.
3. "We are handling the matter internally."
Hopefully by the same folks who approved this:
In conclusion, as we've said before, jokes about a deadly, contagious disease are rarely funny, especially when told by a carpet-based sports mascot. Jaxson went over the line, to be sure. But when compared to other issues the NFL is dealing with right now, this, while inappropriate, is also almost refreshing.
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