Jaguars apologize for mascot’s ebola sign

Jaguars officials have apologized for Jaxson DeVille's sign that he held up during Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Phil Sears

Mascot Jaxson DeVille has entertained Jacksonville Jaguars fans for 20 years, but his latest acts– €”an ebola reference — €”went too far in the eyes of some fans and has now drawn an apology from team officials.

In Sunday’s home 17-9 loss to Pittsburgh, Jaxson DeVille held one of the Steelers’ iconic ”Terrible Towels” in his right hand and displayed a hand-made sign that read ”TOWELS CARRY EBOLA” in his right hand.

”Improvisation and humor have both been key elements to the character of Jaxson DeVille, especially when he performs at home games,” Jaguars President Mark Lamping said in a statement Monday morning. "On Sunday, the person who has played Jaxson DeVille 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."