Tampa Bay Rays apologize for mascot's 'insensitive' sign featuring Steve Irwin

Published On: Apr 05 2013 07:34:19 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 05 2013 07:34:55 AM EDT
Tampa Bay Rays mascot

The mascot for the Tampa Bay Rays is under fire for holding a controversial sign.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

The Tampa Bay Rays have apologized for a sign the team's mascot was photographed holding that made light of Steve Irwin's death.

The photo of the mascot, Raymond Ray, was taken Wednesday during game at Tropicana Field.

A fan snapped the photo, which displayed  to-do list, which included two numbered items: Steve Irwin and the World Series.

The photo shows Irwin's name crossed out on the sign.

Irwin, also known as "The Crocodile Hunter," died from a sting ray attack in 2006 while diving on a reef in Queensland.

A spokesman for the team said the sign was made by a fan and the mascot was photographed holding it.

"The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign was displayed in the ballpark, and we apologize for the lapse in judgment."

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