Mr. Met's Middle Finger and Six Other Famous Mascots-Gone-Wild Moments

New York Mets mascot Mr. Met greets the crowd during an exhibition baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, on April 3, 2009. Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters

Et tu, Mr. Met?

The baseball-headed mascot for the New York Mets made headlines late Wednesday night after he gave the middle finger to fans at a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. The Mets lost, and a three-second video showing Mr. Met flipping the bird went viral on social media, inspiring a flood of memes and an apology from the team.

"We apologize for the inappropriate action of this employee," the Mets wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "We do not condone this type of behavior. We are dealing with this matter internally."

Mr. Met should probably know better, given that he's 55 and no stranger to the mascot game. In 2012, Forbes even named him the No. 1 most popular sports mascot for "his light-hearted humor," though it noted "the more zany and aggressive mascots still carry plenty of influence."

Mascots have a weird history of doing weird things, so Mr. Met isn't the first to go a little wild at a sporting event. Here are six other mascots who made mistakes:


In 2012, Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer visited a high school basketball game. In typical mascot style, Boomer did a slam dunk using a trampoline—but then he shattered the glass backboard, as Deadspin reported. He later tweeted a photo of the broken glass, writing "Oooops."

Freddie Falcon

In 2013, the mascot for the Atlanta Falcons had to deal with social media backlash after making a joke on Twitter about suicide. But decades before, the team's real-life mascot—an actual falcon—simply flew away during a practice in 1966. "[The bird] just chickened out," trainer Mike Cady said at the time, according to Mental Floss.

The Raptor

The dinosaur mascot for the Toronto Raptors was delivering a flatscreen TV to a contest-winning fan when it slipped out of the box and slid down the stairs—to the horror of the people watching. Some claimed the Raptor privately said the incident was staged, but as SBNation wrote, "last time I checked, mascots can't talk."

Super Victor

Last year, people watching the Euro 2016 soccer tournament were greeted by its mascot, a boy named Super Victor. But apparently the organizers didn't Google his name before presenting him to the world: Super Victor is the name of a well-known sex toy, The Guardian reported.

Wild Wing

Way back in 1995, the Anaheim Ducks' Wild Wing attempted to travel through a wall of fire—and then, of course, caught on fire. Nearby cheerleaders had to drag him out of the flames, according to Bleacher Report. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Wild Wing "nearly wound up impersonating a rotisserie chicken."

Super Leo

Super Leo, the mascot for the Austria Vienna soccer club, got "super, super drunk" before a 2015 game, as Vice reported. He'd been celebrating his birthday before the game, and then he turned up to run on the grass, stumbling and falling without his lion head on. He was ultimately helped up by paramedics and walked off the field. Happy birthday, indeed.