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This offseason has been one of many questions for free agent quarterback Carson Wentz – namely, where he will be taking snaps next season. So far his location has been in the air, so he decided to fill his open spaces with a journey to Alaska, where he would camp and do some black bear hunting.
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While his presence in the 49th State sounds relaxing, it ended up causing a stir on social media when photos from The Last Frontier emerged. Not because of the geography, but because of the game hunting. Animal lovers and advocates came out of nowhere to criticize the former second-overall pick in the NFL Draft.
It all started when the former Super Bowl champion displayed an impressive kill on Friday with a photo of a black bear. The accompanying post was intended to be one of innocent excitement on the part of the 30-year-old signal caller:“Got the opportunity to spot and stalk black bear in one of our new favorite places on earth— Alaska!” Carson Wentz wrote in the caption. Incredible trip and an incredible animal!”
Needless to say, the media and some folks online didn’t take too kindly to this. With anti-gun activists on one side and organizations like PETA on the other, celebrities who post big game pictures have received blowback before. Most notably, Donald Trump Jr. – an avid big game hunter – has been on several safaris and criticized for posting images of the exotic animals that he’s stalked.
Wentz received similar online hate, from not only fans but members of the entertainment and athletic world, as well. So in many ways, he went from being the hunter… to being the hunted.
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“Carson Wentz talked about his ‘bucket list’ by killing a black bear in Alaska (his ‘new favourite place’)”, one Twitter user posted in response. “Total punk move and is probably shocked at the negative pub given that he is about as self aware off the field as he is on it. Doubt this bitch could play QB for Alaska.”
Carson Wentz – who played for the Washington Commanders last season – was originally drafted to be the franchise quarterback in Philadelphia in 2016. However, he would be replaced midway through his second season as a starter by Nick Foles, who would go on to captain the squad to victory in Super Bowl LII. After stops in Indianapolis and Washington, the Outdoorsmen is targeting a new team for what would likely be a backup role.