Stingray mascot mocks Steve Irwin's death

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 17:08 08/04/2013
Fairfax Australia

US baseball team the Tampa Bay Rays are forced to apologise after their stingray mascot held up a sign mocking Australian Steve Irwin's death.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

USA too strong for the Black Sticks in match one of two match series Cyclist Keagan Girdlestone conquers Le Race, 10 months after near-death crash Luke Jumeau: 'The Jedi' fights for his dream as UFC strikes back in New Zealand Bob Arum says UFC standing in the way of Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather mega-fight Number of horse related injuries decreasing, but still costing millions Peter Fury, trainer of Hughie Fury, granted entry to New Zealand for Joseph Parker's world heavyweight title defence Pumped Mark Hunt heading back to where it all began with headline act at UFC Auckland Rangiora set for stellar match between Black Sticks women and USA Breakthrough as Team New Zealand make rapid progress with pedal-power Former rugby union player turned sailor says more on the line when out on the water

A US baseball team has apologised after its mascot was photographed holding a sign mocking the death of Steve Irwin.

Irwin died in 2006 when he was fatally struck in the chest by a stingray's barb while fliming a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef.

The Tampa Bay Rays mascot, a stingray, posed at a match last week holding a fan's sign that read "Rays To Do List".

Top of the list, and crossed out, was 'Steve Irwin'. Under this was the yet to be achieved 'World Series'.

The team issued an apology after the photo circulated on the internet, and said fans were welcome to bring signs into the ballpark provided they were not offensive.

"The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign was displayed in the ballpark, and we apologise for the lapse in judgment," a statement from the club said.

The sign's creator Lloyd Johnson was unapologetic and said that critics should lighten up.

"I love Steve Irwin, but come on, it's funny," he said.

"Every time I stood up I was stopped to take a picture with someone.

"The reaction, at least from what I heard at the stadium and on Facebook, was positive."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content