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Lap dance controversy

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / January 18, 2011

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Color the Boston Blazers embarrassed. The professional lacrosse team is apologizing to fans upset by Saturday’s halftime show featuring scantily clad dancers giving the Blazers’ mascot a lap dance. The competition among dancers, which can be viewed on YouTube, outraged some Blazers fans who brought kids to the game at the TD Garden. Blazers president Doug Reffue posted this statement on the team’s Facebook page: “The Boston Blazers halftime act for Saturday’s game was clearly not executed according to plan. We are extremely disappointed with elements of the halftime show. We had intended to provide an entertaining and fun halftime environment for our fans and that is not what transpired. The Boston Blazers organization values our fans and have taken their feedback very seriously.’’ While some commenters on Facebook said the halftime show was “inappropriate’’ and “shameful,’’ others said it may have unintended positive consequences. “I don’t like lacrosse, but it was nice media stunt,’’ wrote one person. “The whole world knows about you guys now.’’