- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz defended his passion of hunting on Monday after critics said a photo of his dog sitting behind a row of dead geese was offensive.

Mr. Wentz, who was taken out of the 2017 football season due to a knee injury, had tweeted a birthday shoutout to his dog, Mama Henley, with a photo of the dog’s successful hunting trip.

But one user quickly pointed out that the photo of Mama Henley’s haul could offend people.

“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,” the user responded.

Some people criticized the sheer number of dead birds depicted in the photo, while others commented on the purported hypocrisy of killing God’s creatures.

Mr. Wentz’s response showed no signs of walking back the tweet.

“Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting,” he wrote. “That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change!”

Many Eagles fans and fellow hunting enthusiasts showed their support by tweeting photos of their dogs posing proudly next to their hunts.

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