Mets Issue Statement After Mr. Met Caught Making Lewd Gesture to Fan

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25:  Mr. Met entertains the crowd between innings of a game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets released a statement apologizing for the actions of their mascot, Mr. Met, who was caught on video giving a fan the middle finger during Wednesday night's 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

"We apologize for the inappropriate action of this employee," the team said. "We do not condone this type of behavior. We are dealing with this matter internally."

Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reported the Mets have multiple people play the mascot over the course of the season, and the person responsible for Wednesday's incident won't play the role again.

The incident represents another blight on a Mets season that has already been marred by inconsistencies, injuries and the team's decision to suspend pitcher Matt Harvey for three games earlier in the month.

Following Wednesday's loss, the Mets (23-28) are now five games below .500 and sit nine games back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East.

The Mets are scheduled to return to the diamond Thursday at 1:10 p.m. ET to wrap up their four-game set against the Brewers.