Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz may be out of the playoffs with an injury, but that didn’t stop the PETAphiles on Twitter from attacking Wentz for posting a photo in support of bird hunting.
The NFL standout tweeted a happy birthday message to his hunting dog, Mama Henly, along with a picture of the dog standing over approximately 20 dead Canada geese.
“Happy 5th Birthday to Mama Henley!” the post reads. “We’ve been through a lot in 5 years. Best dog and hunting buddy I could ask for!”
Happy 5th Birthday to Mama Henley! We’ve been through a lot in 5 years. Best dog and hunting buddy I could ask for! pic.twitter.com/HW8DbxTyML
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) January 1, 2018
That, of course, was enough to bring Wentz’s anti-hunting fans out of the woodwork. The quarterback chose the most reasonable of his critics and replied with tact and conviction.
“Carson, congratulations on the Birthday of Mama Henley,” his fan wrote. “As a friend I wanted to quickly highlight that a man in your influential position might cause offence through the posting of your first picture. I support its sentiment however the context and content of the pic could offend.”
“Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial?” Wentz responded. “Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change! When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”
While Steve Beef (ironic name, no?) kept his reply respectful, others failed to show the same restraint.
George Altemeyer has clearly never been hunting, and also doesn’t seem to be familiar with meat freezers.
Joey Carter was also very worried about what Wentz planned to do with “all those dead geese.”
Mary Jo Tegethoff, knowing Wentz’s penchant for quoting the Bible, tried a different tack. Unlike Wentz, however, she both misquoted and misinterpreted the Sixth Commandment (Exodus 20:13).
Bryan didn’t even try.
And Joseph Catalano even suggested that Wentz’s injury was the result of bad karma.
The majority of replies to Wentz’s original tweet were positive, many of which included pictures of hunting dogs or successful hunts. But his smattering of critics are good for a laugh, and you can find more of them here.
Wentz is indeed an avid hunter, and he and his brother have posted a number of their exploits on their hunting channel, Wentz Bros Outdoors.