Carson Wentz has received criticism for posing with the carcass of an Alaskan black bear he killed during a hunting excursion.
The Super Bowl-winning quarterback described the bear chase as a "bucket list" item that he can now check off. The New York Post reports that he claims he killed the bear with a bow, as Breitbart News reported.
“Got the opportunity to spot and stalk black bear in one of our new favorite places on earth— Alaska! Incredible trip and an incredible animal!” he posted on the Wentz Bros Outdoors Instagram account.
While he did garner support from fans on the Instagram post, Wentz also earned praise from several members of the NFL.
“Holy s–t man! Need a taste of em,” former Commander’s teammate Taylor Heinicke said, the Post reported.
“Well done. Congrats,” former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said.
However, the player also recieved harsh words from anti-hunting zealots for taking the bear: “You let me down and fantasy football and now you let me down in real life,” one wrote.
Another screeched, “Leave animals TF alone!!! human supremacy is repulsive.”
“Incredible animal so you kill it?? Makes sense,” one wrote.
Yet another went after Wentz for his hunt, saying, “In a world where we can be SO many things. Why would you choose harm? You have such a large audience. You could have promoted saving Alaska’s wildlife, instead you are out there murdering bears. So lame.”
Wentz was released by Washington in February, and he has since been studying film with Jon Gruden in the hopes of a second NFL revival.
Wentz only started seven games in 2022, the fewest of his career, as the Commanders chose to start Heinicke after Wentz struggled. Heinicke threw for 1,752 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Wentz is not the only former Super Bowl champion to slay a large animal. In January, former Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe killed a mountain lion that was "wreaking havoc on a rural neighborhood."
Wolfe was tasked with tracking the "giant tom" (male mountain lion) and, after killing it, had the flesh processed and consumed it.
The tradition of hunting large game has traditionally received negative attention from a number of groups, with celebrities who flaunt their catches becoming a particular target of ridicule.
While hunting game can be beneficial to the ecosystem in many instances, some critics assert that it's dangerous to less population-heavy species that currently hold small numbers.