The New York Mets have had a rough season and it just got worse on Wednesday thanks to their own mascot, Mr. Met.
According to the New York Times, a fan filming Mr. Met late in the Mets’ 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers caught the bulbous-headed mascot giving somebody in the stands the middle finger.
The incident came as Mr. Met was exiting the seating area down a walkway when he turned and pulled down two fingers with his left hand.
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Of course, the irony in all of this is, like most cartoon characters, Mr. Met only has four fingers. So this leads to the inevitable question: Can a cartoon character give a “middle finger”?
But I digress.
The Mets issued a statement after the game apologizing for the incident and saying they “are dealing with this matter internally.”
The Mets later told the Associated Press that the person wearing the Mr. Met costume on Wednesday will no longer do so, but did stop short of saying the employee had been fired.
“A Mets official told The Associated Press more than one person wears the Mr. Met costume during each season, and the person who donned it Wednesday night will not do so again. The Mets official spoke on condition of anonymity because the statement from the organization was the team’s only authorized comment.”