Jay Feely is learning the consequences of a dad joke gone wrong.
The former NFL kicker has apologized for a controversial photo he shared on Twitter on Saturday night. The picture, in which Feely holds a gun while posing with his daughter and her prom date, has generated backlash among the public, as gun violence and legal measures to curb it has become a hot-button political issue nationally in recent months.
The hashtag Feely includes in the photo’s caption — “Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys” — refers to a hilarious scene from the 2003 film “Bad Boys 2.”
While many parents and children can relate to the sentiment the age-old joke contains, Feely, 41, nevertheless felt the need to apologize Sunday via Twitter.
Feely retired in 2014, having played for six teams during his 14-year NFL career. He now works as a college and NFL analyst for CBS Sports.
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