*The Jaguars have apologized for their mascot making an Ebola joke to mock the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Terrible Towels during Sunday’s home game at EverBank Field.
Some folks on social media took issue with Jaxson de Ville’s handwritten sign during the fourth quarter that read “TOWELS CARRY EBOLA” while he carried a yellow Terrible Towel in his right hand.
Jaguars president Mark Lamping said the team had no prior knowledge of the sign and is handling the matter internally.
“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 the sign 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.”
Curtis Dvorak has been playing de Ville since the mascot’s inception in 1996. The picture of the mascot holding the sign went viral and drew the ire of many on social media Sunday night.