Former NFL kicker Jay Feely, who was born in Odessa and starred at Tampa Jesuit, has apologized for a photo he intended as a joke, showing him holding a gun as he poses with his daughter and her prom date.
"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys," the CBS Sports analyst wrote in a Twitter post on Saturday night, showing him holding a gun at his side, with his daughter rolling her eyes on one side and her date grinning on the other side.
The photo got more than 60,000 likes and 10,000 retweets, but there also was enough negative backlash to the photo, intended as a joke, that Feely went back on Twitter to apologize on Sunday.
"The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke," wrote the 41-year-old, who played 14 seasons in the NFL from 2001-14. "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."
Feely, who played for the Arizona Cardinals from 2010-13, now lists Arizona as his home on Twitter. He played for the Tampa Bay Storm in 2000 before beginning his NFL career.