Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely says gun-toting prom photo was a 'joke'

Lynette Rowe
April 23, 2018

Former NFL kicker and CBS broadcaster Jay Feely created a stir on social media by posting a photo of his daughter, her prom date, Feely, and one very specific other thing.

Jay Feely explains a photo he shared on Twitter that created a bit of a stir. Feely also maintained that both his daughter and her boyfriend knew he was joking, and that the gun was unloaded and had no clip.

The original image racked up more than 37,000 likes and thousands of replies, with critics lambasting everything from the casual use of a gun to the culture of daughters as pure objects that need to be protected.

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. The boy in the photo is his daughter's boyfriend, and he was apparently in on the joke.

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But Feely also had plenty of supporters as well.

Feely apologized on Sunday saying, "The prom picture I posted was obviously meant to be a joke".

It prompted more than 7,000 comments from his followers, describing him as "totally irresponsible" and "terribly out of touch with gun safety".

The 41-year-old Feely played 14 seasons in the National Football League and has been an analyst with CBS since 2014. He now works as a college football and NFL analyst for CBS Sports.

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