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Jaguars Mascot Ebola Sign, Mocking Steelers' Towel, Bashed on Twitter

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 11:23 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars' mascot was widely condemned for making an Ebola joke during Sunday's game, in which he mocked the Pittsburgh Steelers' Terrible Towel by holding up a sign that read "Towels Carry Ebola."

Jaxson de Ville was played by Curtis Dvorak, who has worn the cat costume for 18 seasons, but the Jaguars' public relations team declined to offer a comment to ESPN about the joke or who devised it. Regardless, it was documented by fans on Twitter.





Soon enough, others were responding to the pictures with scorn, and calling for heads.







ESPN commentators agreed that the joke was in bad taste and likely offensive to many, but declined to say it warranted a firing. One noted that the joke was particularly unfortunate given that the Terrible Towel has raised millions of dollars for charity since its inception in the 1970s.

According to The Washington Post, another NFL affiliate, New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, also drew criticism on the subject of Ebola after he was asked about the team's upcoming game against the Dallas Cowboys. The only currently confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. is being monitored in Dallas, and reporters asked Tisch if he or the team was worried about traveling to the Texas town.

"I think the Cowboys are going to get it first," he said. "So it’s to our advantage."



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The Jacksonville Jaguars' mascot was widely condemned for making an Ebola joke during Sunday's game, in which he mocked the Pittsburgh Steelers' Terrible Towel by holding up a sign that read "Towels Carry Ebola."
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