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Going Too Far? -- Mascot Mocks Praying Football Player

The University of Minnesota is apologizing after its Goldy Gopher mascot poked fun at Penn State football player Jerome Hayes who was praying before last week's game.

University spokesman Dan Wolter said in an e-mailed statement:

"It certainly wasn't his intent to offend anyone or trivialize their religion. The life of a mascot at a sporting event is fast-paced and enormously high-energy. This was plainly a mistake. On behalf of Goldy and the University of Minnesota, I want to apologize to the Penn State player involved and anyone else who may have taken offense from this incident. We have reiterated to Goldy the importance of exercising appropriate religious sensitivity in the future."

The man inside the costume was not identified, nor was he suspended.


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