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Atlanta’s Freddie Falcon grilled for absurdly insensitive suicide tweet

- November 4th, 2013

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You know it’s bad when a beleaguered NFL team’s mascot can’t even escape bombardment from fans.

Sure, Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan might not be living up to the massive five-year, $104 million deal he inked with the Atlanta Falcons last summer, but a bird-brained tweet from the team’s mascot, Freddie Falcon, on Sunday at least briefly turned attention away from the 2-6 franchise.

After attending the AFSP Suicide Prevention Walk Sunday afternoon, Freddie’s official Twitter account posted the following tweet:

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While losing to the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers in back-to-back weeks is a sign your season has gone to hell, the insensitivity of Freddie’ tweet should have force the team’s front office to can a staffer or two.

Whoever runs Freddie’s account later issued an apology after deleting the tweet, knowing damn well the damage had already been done, especially in the wake of a number of NFLers – Paul Oliver, Junior Seau, Jovan Belcher – recently committing suicide.

In response to Freddie’s tweet, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention issued the following statement, according 11 Alive in Atlanta.

“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.”

We’ve come to expect social media stupidity from players, not front offices – or mascots for that matter.

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