A NFL mascot came under fire over the weekend for an "insensitive" tweet that criticized his own team's season and alluded to needing suicide prevention assistance if their poor record continued.
"Had a good time at the #ood suicide prevention walk today. I may need to go back if out [sic] season continues the way it is.." Freddie the Falcon, the Atlanta Falcons' mascot, tweeted Sunday, following the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention walk.
The tweet was quickly deleted and Freddie publicly apologized.
"For the more than 1,000 survivors of suicide loss who participated in today's walk, suicide prevention is no laughing matter. We hope everyone who joined us today, including Freddie, support our vision for a world without suicide," an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention spokesperson said in a statement, according to WXIA-TV.
The AFSP statement continued pointing out a "string of NFL suicides," which included former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, whose death at age 62 was ruled a suicide in 2012.
"We'd love to provide a suicide prevention training for our hometown NFL team and see them more involved in this topic, which claims more than 1,000 Georgian lives each year," the statement said.
The Falcons ended up losing to the Carolina Panthers Sunday, bringing the team's record to 2-6 for the season. The Falcons currently sit at third place in the NFC South division.