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Mets official: Employee fired as Mr. Met will remain with organization

A New York Mets official reportedly has confirmed that the employee who gave a fan the middle finger while serving as Mr. Met during Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers will remain with the organization, reports the New York Post.

Said employee, however, will never don the mascot uniform again, the official added.

Footage surfaced Wednesday night of Mr. Met making the aforementioned vulgar gesture at a fan. The video, posted by Anthony De Lucia, a student at Adelphi University on Long Island, quickly went viral.

“I just asked for a high-five,” he said. “Nothing provoked it.”

The Mets, in an effort at damage control in an already-nightmarish season, promptly issued a statement via Twitter.

Initial reports appeared to indicate the employee had been fired by the organization.

A Mets official told The Associated Press more than one person wears the Mr. Met costume during each season, and the person who donned it Wednesday night will not do so again. The Mets official spoke on condition of anonymity because the statement from the organization was the team’s only authorized comment.

However, a Mets official told the New York Post that the employee simply won’t portray Mr. Met any longer, which the AP report alludes to but leaves it unclear that said employee would remain with the organization.

The specific employee was not named, as several individuals portray Mr. Met throughout a typical season.

One has to wonder what kind of responsibilities will be assigned to the onetime Mr. Met who went rogue. The hope has to be nothing that involves fan outreach, as it were.

Whatever the case, the mascot middle-finger seen ’round the world certainly inspired Internet wisenheimers to unleash upon the Mets, using the gaffe to mock the team’s miserable 23-28 season.

Suffice to say, it’s been a tough go of it thus far for the Mets this season. The team’s mascot flipping off a fan is the last thing the organization needed.