This evening, college basketball fans were treated to one of the best games of the season when Syracuse defeated Duke in overtime at the Carrier Dome in front of a record on-campus crowd of 35,466 people. The game was full of big dunks, serious hustle, and clutch shots — anybody who watched it came away in awe.
After the game, ESPN posted a rather interesting graphic on Twitter — it featured a rather evil-looking Otto the Orange gagging the Duke Blue Devil (with an orange of all things — why would an orange put another orange in somebody’s mouth?), and it seems that many people were confused and disturbed by the picture (the tweet has since been deleted):
@espn you are a terrible person.
— Jeremy Burke (@JEREMYBURKE) February 2, 2014
— Elika (@steakNstiffarms) February 2, 2014
@espn when did the Orange mascot become a Batman criminal?
— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) February 2, 2014
@espn Creepy graphic, poor taste. At least you’re giving a layup to your ombudsman.
— scott pianowski (@scott_pianowski) February 2, 2014
— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) February 2, 2014
— Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) February 2, 2014
— Denis Gorman (@DenisGorman) February 2, 2014
— Christy C. Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) February 2, 2014
— Ashley Peek (@PEEKAshley) February 2, 2014
Of course, the graphic was definitely not meant to be taken literally and was not designed to be offensive, but maybe the artist could have toned things down just a bit.