Jacksonville Jaguars issue apology after mascot holds sign reading ‘Towels Carry Ebola’
The NFL already has its hands full with trouble-making players and owners. Now the mascots are getting into the act.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were forced to apologize Monday after its mascot held up a sign that read “Towels Carry Ebola.” A failed attempt at a joke, the remark was meant to poke fun at Sunday’s opponent — the Pittsburgh Steelers — and the team’s iconic Terrible Towels
“Improvisation and humor have both been key elements to the character of Jaxson DeVille, especially when he performs at home games. On Sunday, the person who has played Jaxson DeVille over the past 20 seasons made an extremely poor decision in that regard,” Jaguars president Mark Lamping said in a statement.
“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.”
Curated from www.nydailynews.com
The person that portrays the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot has been doing so for 18 years. This would lead you to believe that this isn’t some young, naive person wearing the costume. Now was the message on the hand-made sign really that offensive?
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 6, 2014
Crossing the Line
Trash talking probably originated in a sports environment. On the field of play, there is constant smack talk going on between the competitors. Was it wrong for the mascot to join in?
Yes, ebola is a serious virus. It has infected countless people and already killed at least 3,500. The ebola virus is a serious matter and has the makings to be a global epidemic. When talking about ebola, it certainly is no laughing matter. However, you have to understand the context in which it was referred to in this situation.
This was an attempt to make light of a terrible situation. Ebola can be transmitted through contact of bodily fluids from an infected individual. Sweat is one of the bodily fluids that carries the virus. So technically, the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot’s sign was correct. Towels do carry ebola but Jaxson DeVille was not performing a public service announcement. He was making a joke about a virus that has killed thousands. I did not find his comedic message offensive. Unfortunately, our society has become too sensitive to know when someone is making an attempt at humor, no matter how poor of an attempt it was.