ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – Freddie the Falcon, the Atlanta Falcons’ mascot, had to issue an apology after a tweet he made which compared his team’s season to needed suicide prevention.
“Had a good time at the #ood suicide prevention walk today. I may need to go back if out season continues the way it is.”
The tweet was posted after the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention walk on Sunday.
That tweet was deleted and Freddie apologized. “I am truly sorry for my inappropriate and insensitive twee. It was in poor taste,” Freddie tweeted Sunday evening after the game.
“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,” the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention said in a press release. “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,” the press release went on to say.