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#pounditTuesday, October 19, 2021

Marlins apologize for insensitive tweet about Steve Irwin’s death

The person in charge of the Miami Marlins’ official Twitter account made a regrettable attempt at humor during a friendly back-and-forth with the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, and the team has apologized for the remark.

The Marlins and Rays traded shots on Twitter after Miami swept its in-state “rival,” and the war of words ended with a joke about Steve Irwin that was in very poor taste.

On Monday, the Marlins tweeted an apology.

A team spokesperson also called the tweet “regrettable” and said the matter has been handled internally.

The entire exchange may have seemed humorous at first, but joking about a death is always a bad look. In fact, the Rays’ mascot got involved in a similar controversy six years ago.

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