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Tampa Bay Rays apologize after mascot shown holding offensive sign mocking death of Steve Irwin

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

A major league baseball team is apologizing after their mascot was photographed with an offensive sign mocking the death of late wildlife expert and television personality Steve Irwin.

Photos posted online show Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot, photographed holding a sign that crosses out the ‘Crocodile Hunter's’ name as part of a team ‘to-do’ list.

Irwin was killed by a stingray in 2006.

The incident happened during Wednesday night’s game.

According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, the Tampa Bay Rays issued a statement which read: ‘Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game by a fan. Fans are welcome to bring signs into Tropicana Field provided they are not offensive. The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign was displayed in the ballpark, and we apologize for the lapse in judgment.'

According to the NYDailyNews.com, Lloyd Johnson, a 29-year-old Army veteran created the sign and said, "I love Steve Irwin but come on, it's funny."

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