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10/06/2014 11:29 am ET Updated Oct 06, 2014

Jaguars Mascot Makes Ebola Joke, And Nobody's Laughing

Now the NFL has a mascot problem, too.

The Jacksonville Jaguars' Jaxson de Ville decided to poke fun at the "Terrible Towels" traditionally waved by fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, the mascot's joke was about ebola and came off as offensive and insensitive.

During Sunday's game between the Steelers and Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, the Jaguars' mascot carried one of the Terrible Towels while holding a sign that read "Towels Carry Ebola."

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Thousands have died already from the disease outbreak, and 20,000 could be infected by next month, the World Health Organization warned recently.

ESPN reported that the man in the mascot suit was Curtis Dvorak.

Team president Mark Lamping said in a statement published by the Florida Times-Union on Monday that the person who plays the character acted on his own and made an "extremely poor decision." Lamping apologized on behalf of the organization and said, "We are handling the matter internally."

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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