When fans of the Boston Blazers professional lacrosse team broke for halftime during the team's home opener on Friday, they probably didn't expect to be subjected to a raunchy show featuring girls, lap dances, and the team mascot. But much to the shock of the audience, that's exactly what happened.
Multiple videos posted on YouTube show three dancers performing sexualized moves on the team's mascot during a steamy halftime contest. The mascot, Scorch, was seated on a chair near midfield and a red carpet was rolled out as a path toward him. As rap music played in the background and the girls "grinded" on him, the stadium even provided "boing" sound effects. To make matters worse, the dances were also featured on the stadium's video board -- in plane view of the numerous young children in attendance.
The video has sparked outrage and a response from Blazers president and CEO Doug Reffue.
"The Boston Blazers half time act for Saturday’s game was clearly not executed according to plan," he wrote in an official Facebook message. "We are extremely disappointed with elements of the halftime show.
"We have already taken steps to ensure this never happens again at one of our games."
Exactly what steps were taken are unclear, but some on the team's Facebook page wonder if they include reexamining the relationship between the organization and a local radio station. According to a description from one of the YouTube videos, local rap station "Jam'n" 94.5 FM sponsored the show which featured the station's own "DJ Hustle":
Great family entertainment. Female contestants were instructed by Jam'n 94.5 employee hustle Simmons to quote "make scorch (blazers mascot) hot." This is a disturbing form of halftime entertainment for a family environment. This is up there with Janet jackson's wardrobe malfunction.
Another video showing the dancing called it "the most distasteful halftime show ever":