Ex-NFL Kicker Jay Feely Says Photo Of Him With Gun, Daughter And Prom Date Was Meant To Be A ‘Joke’
Former NFL kicker Jay Feely drew severe backlash after posting a photo on Twitter on Saturday that showed himself holding a gun next to his daughter and her prom date.
Jay Feely Shares Prom Photo With Gun, Daughter
Feely eventually issued a half-apology by saying the picture was meant to be “a joke” and that he did not intend to offend anyone.
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018
Feely’s photo comes at a time when the national debate around gun rights and gun control has been revived in the wake of multiple mass shootings, particularly at schools across the country, where dozens have died or been hurt. After a shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and many others injured, rallies, marches and walkouts have been organized all across the United States. The most recent walkout was held on Friday, (April 20) which marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.
“The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke,” Feely wrote in a subsequent tweet about his picture. “My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking. I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue.”
Here are some of the angry reactions that the photo drew, including one from Shannon Watts, the founder of the non-profit advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Oh yay – American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018
The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.
But sure, let’s make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018
Other people, however, were not offended by the post and understood that Feely was simply referencing a movie:
He’s referencing a scene in the movie #BadBoys2
The kid knows it’s a joke— it’s not pointed at anyone and barely in the picture. I’m sure there’s a picture with his daughter and just the date also. This isn’t anything to blow out of proportion. https://t.co/OWWQGxhKpF
— Mike McLeod (@CMichaelMcLeod) April 22, 2018