There is uproar over the mockery of Tim Tebow as he played in a minor league baseball game.
The mascot for a New York Yankees farm team, the Charleston RiverDogs in South Carolina, posted a photo with the Bible verse “John 3:16” written in eye black.
The photo caption read: “I’ve caught the Tebow fever.”
I've caught the Tebow fever. pic.twitter.com/l0UeNOqHQw— Charlie T. RiverDog (@charlieriverdog) June 17, 2017
Tebow wore the same eye black as a quarterback with the University of Florida, where he was a three-time Heisman Trophy nominee. He won the award in 2007.
The RiverDogs mascot also “Tebowed,” praying on one knee just like the former NFL player used to do.
Another character, who was dressed up as Superman, joined him in “Tebowing” before doing a crazy flip over the mascot.
Tim Tebow's religious faith has inspired millions, but made him a polarizing figure in the process. The RiverDogs' behavior at the ballgame is causing a firestorm on social media.
“Shame on you,” read one message.
“This was so offensive,” was another.
One more social media user said: “You allow your mascot to mock Christians.”
The baseball team's general manager, Dave Echols, is now apologizing, claiming their intention was to poke fun at Tebow's fame, not his faith.
“Our intent was not to offend anyone and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry,” Echols said.
The team is co-owned by Ghostbusters star Bill Murray.