Ex-NFL Kicker Jay Feely

Florence Fletcher
April 23, 2018

The thing was a handgun, and the caption was this, via ESPN.com: "Wishing my handsome daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys". The controversy stems from a picture he posted on Twitter with his teenage daughter and her prom date. Many tweeted the photo seemed to be a lackadaisical way to make light of such a serious issue.

The prom picture I posted was obviously meant to be a joke.

I also could say that far more offensive than the presence of the gun is the fact that Feely is apparently standing on his tippy-toes so that he'll appear to be taller than the dude his daughter is dating. Guns, even when they are "not loaded", aren't jokes. So far, it has received almost 40,000 "likes" and thousands of comments.

The 41-year-old, who played 14 years in the NFL before becoming a color analyst, tweeted the photo amidst the national debate over gun laws, which have come to the forefront - once again - after the February 14 school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. Feely also said he takes gun safety seriously.

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The broadcaster later clarified the photo was a joke and apologized for being insensitive.

Feely, a father of four, played 14 seasons in the NFL.

The reference is as old as the hills, but it was one that touched a nerve about guns and left Jay Feely, the former National Football League player turned CBS commentator, doing a little explaining Sunday morning.

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