Jaguars apologize for mascot's Ebola joke

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apologized for their mascot making an Ebola joke as he mocked the Pittsburgh Steelers' Terrible Towels on Sunday.

Jaxson de Ville held up a sign that read "TOWELS CARRY EBOLA" as he toted a yellow Terrible Towel

Jaguars team president Mark Lamping disavowed any prior knowledge about the sign.

"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."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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