Former NFLer slammed for gun-toting prom photo

A former NFLer is being slammed for a photo of him seeing his daughter off to prom.

Photo via Twitter/jayfeely

Over the weekend, former football player and current CBS commentator Jay Feely shared an image of himself, his daughter and her prom date on Twitter alongside a caption that read “Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom.”

It’s not his daughter’s pretty peach dress capturing the attention of people online — but rather Feely holding a gun in his hand.

The photo captures the age-old trope of a father protecting his daughter — and while it’s fine the former NFL player wants to take care of his daughter, the image is garnering plenty of controversy online.

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Some are calling Feely insensitive and irresponsible:

The commentator took to Twitter to provide further insight into the image he posted previously. Commenting that the photo was meant to “obviously” be a joke, the previous status has opened up the gun safety conversation:

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, gun violence is the third leading cause of death for American kids. What’s worse is that statistics show when it comes to gun violence and gender, this form of violence affects women in a different way. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says the presence of guns in situations of domestic violence increases the risk of homicide by 500 per cent.

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Regardless if the photo was meant as a “joke,” many are arguing that it implies Feely is an overbearing father who believes his daughter is his property.

What do you think of Feely’s post – was it funny or insensitive?

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