The Atlanta Falcons mascot “Freddie Falcon” sent out a very insensitive tweet when he joked about killing himself because of the Falcons 2-6 record.
Earlier in the day, Freddie Falcon walked in the 10th annual Out of The Darkness Walk, put on by the Atlanta chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Following the Falcons’ loss to the Carolina Panthers, the following message was posted to the mascot’s Twitter account. It has since been deleted.
Of course he ended up apologizing.
I am truly sorry for my inappropriate and insensitive tweet. It was in poor taste.
— Freddie Falcon (@FreddieFalcon) November 4, 2013
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention actually ended up issuing a statement regarding the tweet.
“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.
“Recently, there have been a string of NFL suicides, including former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling. 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.”
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