Many people on Twitter felt that Feely was being insensitive about gun violence by posting the photo.
The 41-year-old's post comes at a time when gun laws and safety have permeated the national discussion, heightened after the Stoneman Douglas High School (Fla.) shooting on February 14 that killed 17, many of whom were students.
Who knew joking around with guns would be such a lightning rod issue? "I take gun safety seriously", wrote Feely, who had a 14-year National Football League career with teams including the Chicago Bears. In the photo, Feely stands between them brandishing a hand gun.
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The "joke" has been around for ages - fathers are known for giving a hard time to their daughter's boyfriends.
The 41-year-old sports analyst tweeted a photo on Saturday, April 21, that shows him carrying a pistol next to his daughter and her date.
Others defended Feely's picture as a harmless joke, pointing out that the kids agreed to the photo and, judging by their expressions, had some fun with it too. He now lives in Arizona - a state in which it is legal to carry a concealed handgun, no permit required - with his family.