The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to EverBank Field to face the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday and were able to leave Florida with a victory. What the Jaguars' front office didn't know is that on Monday morning they'd be faced with a large amount of media scrutiny, not over the Jaguars' 0-5 record, but over a joke-gone-bad by the team's mascot during the game Sunday.
Neal Coolong, editor of BTSC, gives his take on the matter in this week's edition of the Steelers 2-Minute Drill. In the audio above, Coolong points out that saying the prized Terrible Towels of Steelers' fans somehow causes an epidemic like the Ebola outbreak that has recently reached the United States is in extremely poor taste.
Jaguars president Mark Lamping has since released the following statement to the media apologizing for the incident:
"Improvisation and humor have both been key elements to the character of Jaxson de Ville, especially when he performs at home games. 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."
Sometimes an idea might seem good and funny at the time, but in hindsight this was a poor decision that reflects badly not only on the the mascot, but on the entire Jaguars' organization.
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