Jaguars Mascot Takes Heat for Anti-Steelers Sign that Said “Towels Carry Ebola” (Pic)
The ebola epidemic currently sweeping the globe is many things to many people—dangerous, tragic, terrifying—but funny is not one of them. So when the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot, Jaxson de Ville, held up a sign at yesterday’s Jags-Steelers game that said “TOWELS CARRY EBOLA,” it did not go over well. With anybody. Anywhere.
I’m not a comedy fascist. I’m not saying it wasn’t maybe a little bit funny. In certain contexts, delivered in a certain way, the joke—a reference to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ famous “terrible towels”—might work. But an NFL stadium filled with 60,000 people was definitely not the right context, and a hand-written posterboard sign was not the right delivery. So Jaxson’s sign came off as just plain callous to the current threat posed to the public and anyone who’s been affected by ebola.
The Jaguars, of course, have issued a statement condemning and apologizing for the sign. Here’s what team president Mark Lamping had to say:
“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.”
In case you were wondering, the guy who’s played Jaxson during the aforementioned 20 years is Curtis Dvorak. I’m going to assume that, given his tenure, the Jags are going to give him another chance rather than firing him outright. But this is the same team that drafted Justin Blackmon with the #5 overall pick in 2013. They don’t always make the right decisions.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]