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Jay Feely's Twitter comments on Chris Henry stir up trouble

Jets kicker Jay Feely has post-football political aspirations; he makes no attempt to conceal them.  But his comments regarding the late Chris Henry fail to demonstrate a high degree of political savvy.

Feely, with whom we’ve interacted in the past and who seems like a well-intentioned man and without question is a skilled kicker, had this to say on his Twitter page regarding Henry’s death:  “Chris Henry
seemed to have turned his life around.  But, you can’t live on the brink
of destruction without inevitably falling off the ledge.”

Later, Feely realized that he probably shouldn’t have said what he said.

Maybe I did a
poor job of expressing my sympathy while trying to look at the bigger
picture of why this happened and how to avoid in future
,” Feely explained in a subsequent tweet.

A search of Feely’s Twitter handle (“jayfeely”) reveals a variety of responses, most of which express disagreement with his sentiments — some of which express strong disagreement with his senitments.  Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com has written that his Friday column “will prominently feature Jay Feely’s crazy tweets.”

This isn’t about limiting Feely’s ability to speak his mind.  He has that absolute right — and those who don’t like what Feely says have the right to respond.  The broader point here is that an active member of an NFL team not named the “Cincinnati Bengals” has deemed it prudent to chime in on the same day Chris Henry died with an opinion that Feely knew or should have known would be polarizing, at best.

So, Jay, we think you’ll ultimately realize your stated goal of becoming President.  

As long as the targeted jurisdiction is Del Boca Vista, Phase III.

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  1. ras6111 says: Dec 17, 2009 8:51 PM

    Mike Freeman is an idiot and he is going to write about another idiot. FUN!

  2. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Dec 17, 2009 8:53 PM

    Del Voca Bis… Vel Dicso Baca…

  3. nfcbeast says: Dec 17, 2009 8:53 PM

    Well, what he said is true. Deal with it.
    Chris was nuttier than squirrel shit in the back of that truck.

  4. DocBG says: Dec 17, 2009 8:54 PM

    so much for toning down the Seinfeld references eh?

  5. downwithdansnyder says: Dec 17, 2009 8:54 PM

    I love the SF references, but damn, how much did you watch? Or do you have a cheat sheet (i.e. wristband) you go to for certain situations?

  6. BlackberryBartakamos says: Dec 17, 2009 8:54 PM

    What’s wrong with what he said?
    A guy who’s turned his life around doesn’t run outside, jump in the back of a truck without his shirt, and bang on a window. I don’t care if it’s his wife.
    I would’ve waited a day or two to post this to let today be some kind of mourning, but a guy who’s turned his life around doesn’t do this kind of crap. This is all on Chris.

  7. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Dec 17, 2009 8:56 PM

    Jay Feely attended the all boy Jesuit high school in Tampa. Bunch of high class snobs. No wonder he wants to be a politician. Jerk off.

  8. cheddar is beddar says: Dec 17, 2009 8:56 PM

    Tweet or no tweet, does anyone really give a shit about Feely or what he thinks?

  9. chapnasty says: Dec 17, 2009 8:59 PM

    AJ said whate everyone is thinking but doesn’t have the cahonas to say. I havent ever really had to “turn my life around” but I can say that no matter who I was arguing/fighting with I wouldn’t jump onto a moving truck to continue the fight. I mean they were at her parents house, I am sure she was going to come back sooner or later!

  10. tombrookshire says: Dec 17, 2009 9:03 PM

    Perhaps, Mike, but this is still America and he has a right to say anything he wants, whether it is politically incorrect or insufficiently sympathetic. I guess only a Bengal has the right to express a view and a couple of media thought police take it upon themselves to trash this guy for saying something deemed to be insensitive. Well, you know, that is how life is sometimes. Some insensitive things get said. Live with it and move on……or move out.

  11. benzo says: Dec 17, 2009 9:03 PM

    You have said ALOT worse florio

  12. Tabemaju says: Dec 17, 2009 9:04 PM

    He’ll fit right in with today’s representatives, especially if he’s conservative.

  13. Gweez says: Dec 17, 2009 9:04 PM

    We’re talking about an idiot kicker who got liquored up and ruined any political aspirations he may have had.
    You guys are Football Players. I know you think you are smart but chances are that you are not. Jay, you want to be a politician? Do what they do, don’t say ANYTHING in public unless your handlers have told you to do so.

  14. pitt says: Dec 17, 2009 9:07 PM

    Feely shouldn’t have said that, or anything remotely close to it. Let people mourn. Also, he should know better then to word it like that, the Jets are on the brink of destruction and about to fall off a ledge as well.
    R.I.P. Chris Henry

  15. shinsnake says: Dec 17, 2009 9:07 PM

    Wow, how bad will Jay Feely feel if Chris Henry’s alleged words of committing suicide turn out to be what really happened? Hell, that might cause him to make even more stupid comments.

  16. realityonetwo says: Dec 17, 2009 9:09 PM

    OK, since for some reason Jay Feely can’t say it, I’ll say it:
    Chris Henry seemed to have turned his life around. But, you can’t live on the brink of destruction without inevitably falling off the ledge.

  17. CapsLockKey says: Dec 17, 2009 9:10 PM

    Idiot kicker

  18. akw4572 says: Dec 17, 2009 9:11 PM

    Hopefully he kicks off for the Jets in the season finale……….and the Bengals see fit to knock his ass to the ground. I’d call open season on Feely for the Bengals KO return team.

  19. stiller43 says: Dec 17, 2009 9:11 PM

    What’s wrong with what he said?
    He’s very accurate in what he said…
    I know it’s the “right thing” to only mention the good about people when they’re dead, but Feely’s right on in his assessment.
    It’s kind of disturbing the parallels this drew to Sean Taylor’s death. Both troubled guys who seemed to have their lives turned around and killed by an unfortunate accident…weird.

  20. lurch says: Dec 17, 2009 9:12 PM

    Can’t wait to see him play the Bengals ina couple of weeks. Maybe he will be making a lame attempt to knock down a kick returner and someone will blow him up with a block before he makes his failed knock down attempt.
    Screw him and all the other a-holes out there that have typed items of very poor taste on various chat boards throughout the day.
    RIP #15

  21. Gonzaga27 says: Dec 17, 2009 9:15 PM

    Since this is a football website ill keep it football regarding this ignorants comments… Who would you rather have on your team.. Jay Feely a journey man kicker who is extremely replaceable or and up and coming star that has turned his life around and actually plays football? Exactly

  22. bluestree says: Dec 17, 2009 9:15 PM

    What in ignorant jerk off this guy Feely is. But I though that about his politics before he made this insensitive gaffe. Hard not to do embarrassing things like this when your core beliefs spring from the limbic regions of your brain.

  23. shinsnake says: Dec 17, 2009 9:16 PM

    Blackberry Bartakamos
    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20091217/SPT02/312170071/1066/Henry+details+emerging
    Sounds to me like he was desperate to keep her with him, maybe not a guy who has all his stuff together, more like a scared kid who was afraid to lose what he had, a scared kid who may have committed suicide. That doesn’t really indicate whether or not he turned his life around, moreso that he hadn’t completely matured. Not quite the same thing.

  24. Heinekenfun says: Dec 17, 2009 9:22 PM

    Interestingly enough.., nobody cares what Jay Feely thinks, says or tweets. There was nothing wrong w/ his comment, other then that the timing was a little insensitive. The only thing I could care less about is Mike Freeman’s opinion on the whole matter. Isn’t there some actual sports to write about? C’mon.

  25. rooski443 says: Dec 17, 2009 9:22 PM

    LBPACKFAN writes a lot of stupid crap too. The guys an idiot.

  26. freqman says: Dec 17, 2009 9:23 PM

    Wow, I think Feely is forgetting he’ll have to face these Bengals on the 3rd. At that point I imagine they’ll be locked into whatever playoff spot they’re going to grab and have nothing to lose by letting man 53 on the roster take a free shot. Kick protection better be a priority for the Jets or I see Feely getting thumped…

  27. bearsrule says: Dec 17, 2009 9:24 PM

    What did he say that was so bad ? Every word is the truth.

  28. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Dec 17, 2009 9:24 PM

    Never trust a man whose last name is “Feely”.

  29. Living_Legend says: Dec 17, 2009 9:25 PM

    He’s not a football player, he’s a freakin kicker!

  30. DevastationInc says: Dec 17, 2009 9:25 PM

    What happened to the pictures you and Tacobill used to post about Chris Henry? Did that get you some hits? Can you come down from your high horse and explain please?

  31. seanx says: Dec 17, 2009 9:25 PM

    Feely might be a rich white right-wing smuck. But he is not wrong. Henry was a thug. He may have gotten his life in order in public, but normal people do not chase their finance out of the house, jump in back of a truck to get at her. Stupid for taking such actions that rob his 3 young children of a father. And their mother, as she will be spending some time in prison. Feely should have just…waited. Bad timing.

  32. mikeoxlong says: Dec 17, 2009 9:26 PM

    Chris henry would be wearin prison orange if it wasn’t for the nfl ..the same could be said for a lot of nfl players, illiterate thugs with gifted physical ability and a non-earned college degree ..lets be honest and not PC.

  33. Deb says: Dec 17, 2009 9:28 PM

    You know what’s really sad? I don’t know the first thing about Feely, but when I read his Twitter post, I knew exactly what his political leanings were–and clicking the link confirmed it.
    Never mind that police are still investigating. Never mind that Feely has no idea what happened during this dispute. Never mind that his parents and children are grieving and should have had a few minutes’ respite from his NFL colleagues if no one else.
    Never mind any of that because Jay Feely has ambitions. A player is dead, and here’s a golden opportunity to make points with his base. Henry was an African-American who’d had past legal problems and died under questionable circumstances. Feely is only speaking for “good” people everywhere when he lobs a few stones.
    Florio, do you really think this would hurt his political chances? He’s preaching to the home crowd. May God forgive them.

  34. Favre On HGH says: Dec 17, 2009 9:30 PM

    “Chris Henry seemed to have turned his life around. But, you can’t live on the brink of destruction without inevitably falling off the ledge.”
    ——————————-
    Idiot.
    He fell out of the back of a truck, not off a ledge.

  35. chapnasty says: Dec 17, 2009 9:30 PM

    @ tab
    You mean he’d fit in well with Liberals? Get your parties straight chief.

  36. East Bay Ray says: Dec 17, 2009 9:36 PM

    Feely’s words are absolutely true. Chris Henry is gone, but maybe some others can learn from his demise and here is a lesson they can take: actions have consequences. This wasn’t something that just “happened” to Henry, like he was walking down the street and got hit by a meteor or something. Had he not used extremely poor judgment (as was his sad pattern in life), he’d be alive today. Am I, or is Feely, a bad person for speaking that truth?

  37. DayAllOnJuice says: Dec 17, 2009 9:40 PM

    It’s a shame when people can’t say what they think in this country anymore.
    You don’t have to agree with him, but he should be able to say whatever he wants.

  38. Gruden the Guru says: Dec 17, 2009 9:43 PM

    “Jay Feely attended the all boy Jesuit high school in Tampa. Bunch of high class snobs. No wonder he wants to be a politician. Jerk off.”
    Sounds to me like Little Hoss here wore a plaid green Tampa Catholic skit. That or his grades were too piss poor to even sniff Jesuit.
    It’s ok there, buddy. The world always needs fry cooks.

  39. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 17, 2009 9:44 PM

    So sick of hearing about tweets. Anyone who participates in the practice of tweeting deserves the backlash when they write soemething stupid.
    Twitter is for teenage girls.

  40. Laxer37 says: Dec 17, 2009 9:46 PM

    The only problem I have with what he said is the timing of the statement and that it required no thought. In his lame attempt to play amature psycologist he stated what was already obvious to everyone.
    Everyone knows Chris lived his life on the edge. How else do you describe his troubled past and recent ill-fated decision to jump into the back of a moving vehicle?
    Stick to kicking Feely.
    RIP Chris.

  41. Raider Pride says: Dec 17, 2009 9:46 PM

    Mother Mary Of Jesus.
    I was going to comment on this PFT post..
    However now I can not. I could not state my opine any more clear, concise, or eloquent than this.
    realityonetwo says:
    December 17, 2009 9:09 PM
    OK, since for some reason Jay Feely can’t say it, I’ll say it:
    Chris Henry seemed to have turned his life around. But, you can’t live on the brink of destruction without inevitably falling off the ledge.
    ————————————————-
    It is worth reading again people.
    realityonetwo says:
    December 17, 2009 9:09 PM
    OK, since for some reason Jay Feely can’t say it, I’ll say it:
    Chris Henry seemed to have turned his life around. But, you can’t live on the brink of destruction without inevitably falling off the ledge.
    Best PFT post of the month.

  42. shugs19_27 says: Dec 17, 2009 9:47 PM

    A future politician who speaks his mind and tells the truth!? He has no future in politics, or being a lawyer in that respect. You need political correctness and the ability to lie in all circumstances, Jay.

  43. Favre On HGH says: Dec 17, 2009 9:47 PM

    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20091217/SPT02/312170071/1066/Henry+details+emerging
    “He said, ‘If you take off, I’m going to jump off the truck and kill myself,’ ” Hardy said.

  44. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 17, 2009 9:47 PM

    Chris Henry had turned his life around.
    And Michael Jackson never engaged in inappropriate conduct with kids.
    We get it. Some people hate reality. Why do they become so vocal when someone dies though?

  45. heartstl says: Dec 17, 2009 9:48 PM

    Just when you thought he was straightening his life out he falls off the wagon… Rest in peace.

  46. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 17, 2009 9:49 PM

    I’m pretty sure if Tiger Woods kills himself this week, the media’s transmission will fall right the hell out.

  47. fellasheowed says: Dec 17, 2009 9:56 PM

    feely didn’t say anything wrong, and he probably knew chris henry about as well as most of us(not at all) nfl shield not withstanding…
    its that detachment from the person that allows him to process the tragedy faster than one would otherwise expect or deem appropriate…feely was trying to put in context something he had already processed, because, well, chris henry wasn’t someone he knows, and honestly, how much can you allow yourself to feel for a total stranger.
    the insensitive part, is mostly in saying exactly what he said, too soon. not the accuracy (perhaps) just the cold distance it takes to process and comment on it in that manner. the expectation is that he remain quitely respectful, because some mourning for a fallen member of “the shield” is expected.
    is it honest? probably.
    i guess in judging feely, one has to consider if one prefers the overwrought, and perhaps fake emotion of the sean taylor incident, or if one prefers rapid contextualizing.
    i was more offended by the cameras trained on ray lewis for every fake tear than i am jay feely.

  48. runtheball says: Dec 17, 2009 10:05 PM

    I feel bad for his kids and his family, but people should not make the guy out to be a saint because he passed away.

  49. Roxtar10 says: Dec 17, 2009 10:07 PM

    There’s a fine difference between having the “right” to say something and having the class to not say it.
    Sure, Feely and everyone else can say “whatever they want”, but the use of that stupid argument is usually tossed out by imbiciles flaunting their ability to spout off moronically. Case in point…Jay Feely and his defense team of dumb-asses on chat boards.
    Did it need to be said? Was there anything gained by him saying it? Chris Henry’s life, mistake-filled or not has nothing to do with the fact that the loss of his life, the loss of a father to two toddlers and the loss of a son, fiancee, friend and team-mate, should at least give pause to the holier-than-thou guys to shut their mouthes and act with some class.
    There’s plenty of forums in less sobering circumstances to make whatever point a low-end kicker thinks he owes the nation.

  50. slipkid says: Dec 17, 2009 10:11 PM

    teams need kickers too.
    and… free speech – it’s not just for black people.
    maybe chris was trying to turn it all around. but jumping in the back of a moving pickup and then doing who knows what and flipping out…
    the process clearly wasnt complete.

  51. YP2K says: Dec 17, 2009 10:15 PM

    tombrookshire, a lot of people seem to forget that the right to speak does not protect you from other people responding to what you say. So, we also have a right to say that Feely’s tweets were an act of douche baggery . . .

  52. Sportygal says: Dec 17, 2009 10:19 PM

    Talk about people getting worked up over nothing.

  53. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Dec 17, 2009 10:21 PM

    # Gonzaga27 says: December 17, 2009 9:15 PM
    Since this is a football website ill keep it football regarding this ignorants comments… Who would you rather have on your team.. Jay Feely a journey man kicker who is extremely replaceable or and up and coming star that has turned his life around and actually plays football? Exactly
    —————————————————————-
    I’m very sorry Henry is gone, it’s a damn shame.
    I’d take the responsible kicker over the irresponsible WR every time though.

  54. DB26 says: Dec 17, 2009 10:22 PM

    A) He stated the truth…. Sympathy aside, it was the truth and every one of us have spoke of it since he has been in the NFL. Tons of talent, to damn angry and consistent poor decisions have led to his demise… Deal with it.
    B) For those of you that used the word “ignorant” please proofread what you wrote following that. You can’t call someone ignorant when you cannot spell or make consistent grammatical errors in your sentences. Take your income tax and buy an idea, morons!
    C) My condolonces, as a Browns fan, to all Bengals fans, Chris Henry fans and family. I hate to see the talent of CH gone without being maximized, but most importantly I hate seeing 3 babies growing up without a father!

  55. The11thwonder says: Dec 17, 2009 10:30 PM

    Chris Henry was a thug, who OBVIOUSLY din’t couldn’t turn his life around.
    His off field mis-conduct doubles his on the field attributes.
    Good Riddance. If one idiot player learns anything from this, it should be, don’t be a jerk.

  56. Indyeagle says: Dec 17, 2009 10:36 PM

    I couldn’t have said it any better. Jay is absolutely correct. It is sad and I wish it wouldn’t have happened, but I am using it as a lesson for my boys. Do you think Peyton Manning and his wife would have been in a domestic dispute that led to him passing away? The answer is no. Therefore, it is Chris Henry’s lifestyle that led to his death. Sad but true.

  57. Drat says: Dec 17, 2009 10:39 PM

    And i think we aren’t talking enough about the heroic life of the girlfriend. Can you imagine being run down? Escaping the house because your house, god’s sake, is no haven. In fear of your life? Diving into your truck and hitting the gas? Your boyfriend jumping in the back and who knows how he screamed and yelled and hit the glass. She was chased down by an NFL player, 6 ft something and nothing but muscle. This is not Florio tapping on your passenger side window: “scuse me mam, but i beg to differ on our wedding floral arrangements.” How many years did this go on? Why do this to a woman? So yes, condolences to the family of Chris Henry, but he was not the prime victim here.

  58. CH³NO² says: Dec 17, 2009 10:42 PM

    Sean Taylor wasn’t killed in a “weird accident”. He was murdered by some punks because he was flashing cash around them and they saw an easy grab.
    That’s just life in the hood.
    I don’t know if Chris Henry turned his life around or not, but something certainly led him to be fighting the back of a speeding pick truck. Not a wise choice if you ask me.

  59. Maximus15 says: Dec 17, 2009 10:44 PM

    Ummm…what exactly did he say that was so wrong? The dude jumped into the back of a moving pickup truck and was acting like a crazy man according to the witness that called 911. No one wished for Chris Henry to die, but when you lead a life like he did then bad things are bound to happen to you.

  60. packerfanfornot4life says: Dec 17, 2009 10:48 PM

    If that’s offensive then people have really thin skin

  61. Drat says: Dec 17, 2009 10:50 PM

    I read one smart thing here this evening:
    “Twitter is for teenage girls.”
    Thank you, NoKoolaid.

  62. cobrala2 says: Dec 17, 2009 10:52 PM

    “Chris Henry was a thug, who OBVIOUSLY din’t couldn’t turn his life around.
    His off field mis-conduct doubles his on the field attributes.
    Good Riddance. If one idiot player learns anything from this, it should be, don’t be a jerk.”
    Proper use of the comma is one thing one particularly idiotic poster hopefully learns from this. At least you *din’t* say “missconduct” even though you throw in an invalid hyphen. Idiot.
    Anyways, all you other *jerks* who are judging without knowing the exact details of the situation last night are putting yourself front and center on exactly who WANTS to presume they know the details of this death.
    You WANT him to be a thug.
    You ENJOY believing his a thug.
    You’re of no better quality than a thug.

  63. Michael LaRocca says: Dec 17, 2009 10:52 PM

    Vanderjagt has just lost his “Idiot Kicker” title.

  64. bluestree says: Dec 17, 2009 10:53 PM

    Indyeagle says:
    December 17, 2009 10:36 PM
    I couldn’t have said it any better. Jay is absolutely correct. It is sad and I wish it wouldn’t have happened, but I am using it as a lesson for my boys.
    ____________________________
    If one of your boys is ever troubled, hopefully he will have someone to turn to with some compassion. Peyton Manning, wasn’t he a teabagger?

  65. DM725 says: Dec 17, 2009 10:53 PM

    So this is what the media has come to?
    What happened to being able to tell it like it is?

  66. mcarey032 says: Dec 17, 2009 10:55 PM

    May Chris Henry rest in peace, but sometimes if the shoe fits. Why is he jumping in the back of a pick up truck any way? I guess it is one thing if you have someone in trouble, but is it really worth it to jump in the back when you are trying to “talk” to someone? Wouldn’t it better if the person was angry talk when they are calmer and not in a rage driving a moving vehicle which is basically a weapon? I guess that would make too much sense. I am glad that most people are saying that he was turning his life around, but someone who makes rational decisions, doesn’t try to jump in the back of a moving vehicle.

  67. Mj0l11682 says: Dec 17, 2009 10:56 PM

    Love that Christian love by Feely. SMH. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all.

  68. MkePackFan says: Dec 17, 2009 10:57 PM

    While the timing is pretty bad, the logical, rational person can find truth in the statement.
    He may have been making honest attempts to turn his life around, but his temper is what got him into trouble in the past. Yesterday, his temper ended up with him jumping into a truck bed, banging on the roof of his fiancee’s car and tragically falling out of the bed of the vehicle. Let’s not forget he’s doing this while still recovering from a broken arm (he still apparently had a cast on and if you don’t believe me, the 911 calls are public record and have been released).
    Making honest attempts to turn his life around…it seems like that, but it could have just been a public facade while in private he may have still been governed by his temper that sometimes would get the better of him.

  69. Deb says: Dec 17, 2009 10:58 PM

    No one is saying Chris Henry was a saint or that he didn’t play a role in his own tragedy. At this point, since the investigation is ongoing, none of us yet knows exactly WHAT happened except that three small children are fatherless and that is a tragedy.
    But Jay Feely isn’t using this situation to teach life lessons. He’s exploiting the death of a young father to draw attention to himself and his political aspirations. Even if you agree with his point of view, there’s nothing admirable about his actions. As several have pointed out, he has a right to say what he pleases. And we have a right to dismiss him as a shallow opportunist who’s pandering to the sad stereotypes of a subset of society.
    @Sportygal … thank you for sharing your deep thoughts on this issue, but why bother commenting over “nothing”?

  70. Jungle Juice says: Dec 17, 2009 11:19 PM

    Pretty insensitive and judgemental remarks from both Feely and PFT posters.
    It amazes me how some people feel their first action in a circumstance should be to find fault.
    It should be to help, comfort, pray etc.

  71. Favre On HGH says: Dec 17, 2009 11:23 PM

    But Jay Feely isn’t using this situation to teach life lessons. He’s exploiting the death of a young father to draw attention to himself and his political aspirations. Even if you agree with his point of view, there’s nothing admirable about his actions.
    ————————————–
    Maybe Feely is just tired of reading all of the media reports treating Mr. Henry as a saint. Everyone knows he wasn’t a saint. It is also nice to remember someone nicely, but the media is going a bit overboard – as usual.

  72. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 17, 2009 11:31 PM

    Can we PLEASE stop using the word “tragedy” when we mean “obvious conclusion”.
    Tragedy: a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.
    Ok. That works. Unless you consider that the flaw of said “great person” is that he wasn’t, in fact, a “great person.”
    Tragedy: a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: the tragedy of war.
    Sad yes. Disaster? Calamity? No.
    It wasn’t a TRAGEDY. It was a moron, with a history of moronic decision making, dying in an accident that was precipitated by a moronic decision.

  73. Gruden the Guru says: Dec 17, 2009 11:32 PM

    “# Drat says: December 17, 2009 10:39 PM
    And i think we aren’t talking enough about the heroic life of the girlfriend. Can you imagine being run down? Escaping the house because your house, god’s sake, is no haven. In fear of your life? Diving into your truck and hitting the gas? Your boyfriend jumping in the back and who knows how he screamed and yelled and hit the glass. She was chased down by an NFL player, 6 ft something and nothing but muscle. This is not Florio tapping on your passenger side window: “scuse me mam, but i beg to differ on our wedding floral arrangements.” How many years did this go on? Why do this to a woman? So yes, condolences to the family of Chris Henry, but he was not the prime victim here.

    Wow, nice detective work there, Columbo. You were present at the scene? I’m ecstatic the PD has you to recount every single detail of what transpired that night. Gosh, you must make a mint reconstructing crime/accident scenes with just that razor sharp intellect of yours.

  74. Indyeagle says: Dec 17, 2009 11:40 PM

    bluestree,
    I am sorry if my point came across as being one of no compassion. That was not my intent. I was simply trying to say that we are all accountable for our actions and sometimes all it takes is one bad decision.
    Everyone will make mistakes in life and everyone will do things they wish they could take back. I use my own mistakes as examples of what not to do when dealing with my boys too. Peyton Mannning is human and has made mistakes, you are correct. But his lifestyle as a whole seems to be that of someone who has his head on straight. Who knows? I would have said the same thing about Tiger Woods not too long ago. I used him as an example for my boys too. They need to know that people make mistakes and there are consequences (sometimes deadly ones) for your actions.

  75. Strongsideblitz says: Dec 17, 2009 11:46 PM

    DB26 says:
    December 17, 2009 10:22 PM
    B) For those of you that used the word “ignorant” please proofread what you wrote following that. **You can’t call someone ignorant when you cannot spell or make consistent grammatical errors in your sentences.** Take your income tax and buy an idea, morons!
    Should be:
    -when you cannot spell, AND YOU make consistent grammatical errors in your sentences.
    As is, you are basically saying that the guy you are ripping on can’t spell and he can’t make consistent errors.
    Maybe you should proofread what you write.
    jq

  76. THEpackersAREwhere? says: Dec 17, 2009 11:53 PM

    I think what happened to Henry is really unfortunate. That being said, people should either say what they really think or dont say anything at all. I believe that whether I agree with what the person says or not. People sound like idiots when they say something they feel, then take it back because somebody may not agree with him. Dont say shit then retract. Its a bitch move.
    “This is how I feel!”
    5 minutes later…
    “Well, I guess that since you don’t agree with how I am feeling I will retract it and tell everybody how sorry I am for feeling a different way than you. PLEASE forgive me for having an opinion differing from your own!”

  77. Chris Fiorentino says: Dec 18, 2009 12:10 AM

    Another case of a White Guy saying something about a Black Guy and the racist media blowing it completely out of proportion. Face it…if Chris Henry were a white conservative, and Jay Feely were a black liberal, jay would be hailed as a great American in the eyes of the racist pussy media. F the media.

  78. phillyburdzfan says: Dec 18, 2009 12:35 AM

    He could always be vice president!
    (Yes, that was a Joe Biden joke….)

  79. Coach says: Dec 18, 2009 1:13 AM

    The only fact so far is a man is dead. Until everything comes out as absolute truth, please be respectful. I can not believe that so many people on here are bashing Chris. He made mistakes, but unless you have never made a bad choice, please do not speak ill about him. Just think how your family would feel if you died and everyone brought up every mistake you ever made in life. There is no one that is mistake proof. It is a tragic situation and unless you knew him personally you should just be quiet and let him rest in peace.

  80. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 18, 2009 1:17 AM

    I don’t have a problem with what Feely said. The timing could be considered insensitive, but it’s true. As a society we like to put people up on a pedestal when they die–especially right after they die. A week ago you could call Chris Henry a turd. Now he’s an angel?
    And don’t get me wrong.. It’s a tragedy. It’s a senseless shame that a young man is dead and his kids are without their father. But this is not the first time Chris Henry engaged in risky behavior, and Feely hit the nail on the head.
    Of course he’ll be demonized by liberals and special interest groups. Whenever politics (or race) is involved people tend to apply whatever slant they see fit.

  81. Coach says: Dec 18, 2009 1:18 AM

    And speaking of Jay Feely. I wonder how his loved ones would feel if he died and all anyone said afterwards was “He deserved to die for missing that kick.”, etc…
    Compassion goes a long way. He obviously has very little or none. I wonder who will be the first to take that 15 yard penalty to try to give Feely the “concussion that lasts a lifetime” for his ill-timed remarks.

  82. Deb says: Dec 18, 2009 1:34 AM

    @TFBuckFutter …
    Apparently you don’t know how to read the definitions you’re posting.
    “Tragedy: a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: the tragedy of war. ”
    Literally:
    a lamentable event or affair
    a dreadful event or affair
    a fatal event or affair
    a calamity
    a disaster–as the tragedy of war
    “Lamentable” means “unfortunate.” To most people, the death of a 26-year-old father of three does qualify as an unfortunate event.
    Since I was once hired to edit a dictionary, I do know what I’m talking about. I don’t come to PFT to play grammar police–and generally think people who do are pompous asses. But in this case, it seemed worthwhile to set the record straight.

  83. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Dec 18, 2009 1:35 AM

    Raider Pride, you’re the douchebag of the Century. You add nothing to any of these threads.

  84. WCRaider says: Dec 18, 2009 1:39 AM

    Feely/Palin 2012 for the moronically stupid. Didn’t read any sympathy from this jackass of an asspiring (sic) politician.

  85. CincyJungle says: Dec 18, 2009 1:53 AM

    Tasteless.
    Henry dies and Freely wants some publicity out of it.
    I’m a white guy.

  86. redsquare says: Dec 18, 2009 1:58 AM

    Feely = opportunistic ass who will never, ever be President, or get anywhere close.
    Those here who are defending his statements against supposed attacks of “political correctness” = even more pathetic asses who are sycophants to some douche pro athlete who doesn’t know they exist.
    Listen, you racist jerks: nobody cares about your holier-than-thou, callous dismissal of another man’s lost life. Try on the Golden Rule for size, and STFU.

  87. tatum32 says: Dec 18, 2009 2:04 AM

    It was a moron, with a history of moronic decision making, dying in an accident that was precipitated by a moronic decision.
    And an even more moronic , and classy way to show how utterly contemptible you are as a person.
    As if you’re the smartest, goddamn person in the world.
    F$%k off and Die.
    Sincerely
    Everyone thats ever made a mistake.

  88. tatum32 says: Dec 18, 2009 2:11 AM

    “Chris henry would be wearin prison orange if it wasn’t for the nfl ..the same could be said for a lot of nfl players, illiterate thugs with gifted physical ability and a non-earned college degree ..lets be honest and not PC.
    I’ll be honest and PC.”
    What the f%&k did you ever do, besides talk s%&t about somebody you didnt know personally, never met, and never wronged you?
    Your honesty, along with Limbaugh and Beck is DESTROYING America.
    Well done.

  89. chin 2 win says: Dec 18, 2009 3:21 AM

    stay classy feely

  90. Jangocat says: Dec 18, 2009 5:34 AM

    What Jay said was absolutely correct. It is a good life lesson to any kid who might be following him. If you keep pushing your luck you may get burned.
    Look at the peel out marks on that lawn and the burned rubber on the sidewalk. That girl was scared running from her own house. That was a serious domestic depute, she might have been scared for her life. Women are killed all the time in domestic disputes.
    You just don’t do stuff like this. Chasing someone and jumping on their vehicle is just crazy behavior and unfortunately it cost him his life. Everyone knows someone like this. How many people from your graduation class are already dead because of something stupid?
    This is very tragic tale of someone who threw it all away for BS. He just pushed his luck too far. It’s a tragedy for the children especially.

  91. MikeF says: Dec 18, 2009 5:34 AM

    Deb says:
    A fine, upstanding man and father – FATHER, I tells ya! – who had totally turned his life around, has passed away. How dare Feely say anything about him that is not laudatory?!? Oh, and I hate Jay Feely because he is a slimy “opportunist,” because his political views are not identical to mine. This is the point of my holier-than-thou rants.

  92. mnmaverick says: Dec 18, 2009 5:50 AM

    He was honest, you can’t fault him for that.
    Sean Taylor was the same story.
    He, like Henry, lived a reckless life and paid for it.
    That’s an undisputed fact.
    You’re held accountable for your actions in life.
    If you don’t have a grasp on the concept of personal responsibility, it will cost you in the end.
    END OF STORY.

  93. steelerfan9598 says: Dec 18, 2009 6:20 AM

    A lot of people feel that bad things eventually catch up to you. Sometimes the ‘comes around’ takes a little time to catch the ‘goes around’.
    That said, nobody deserves to die that young.

  94. zappa says: Dec 18, 2009 6:20 AM

    Feely is correct.
    Henry made another mistake in a long line of mistakes.
    BUT..
    It is awful the way it happened and could have been avoided. CH and his family didn’t deserve for it to end like this.
    AND..
    When I read Florios title to this story I expected something much harsher on Feelys part. While Feelys twitter was insensitive with bad timing he was not all wrong.
    As time passes CH will be remembered for a long line of mistakes and judgement errors and the writers will get harsher as time passes.

  95. Joe says: Dec 18, 2009 6:43 AM

    TFBuckFutter I want you to call it anything but a tragedy to his childrens faces. If you can do that you are proof that you are among the most cold-hearted people I have ever met.

  96. upyours says: Dec 18, 2009 6:45 AM

    Sometimes the truth hurts.
    How hypocritical is it to say one thing and really mean another!
    According to a witness at the scene, Chris got his wish. Sadly his actions didn’t prove out his words regarding a lifechange.

  97. mbbrazi says: Dec 18, 2009 6:51 AM

    What’s wrong with what Jay Feely said? We have to stop patronizing people because they’re black or poor or rich or beautiful or ugly or fat or obese or whatever, it is what it is. Chris Henry did stupid things his whole life and this unfortunately for him was his last stupid mistake. You only live once and you’re only young once, I’m old enough to say this and I’m black also. See things for who and what they really are, think for yourself and stop with the blind allegiance just because somebody is of the same color (Michael Vick-but that’s another story) or same whatever. If this didn’t happen to Chris Henry now then something would’ve happened later because he never seemed to exercise sound judgement. It’s still very sad, it’s even worse for a “grownup” to make poor decisions in their lives especially when they have responsibilities (children).

  98. Greg says: Dec 18, 2009 6:53 AM

    Wow Chris Fiorentino, tell us how you really feel! The man dying is sad, we can all agree. However, Henry, along with about 1/3 of the rest of the NFL and the NBA would be in prison if not protected by their money.
    What make all of these people think he changed his life? Appearantly, he just has not been arrested. Any rational folks out there jump into moving trucks with a pissed off driver?

  99. BonnieD says: Dec 18, 2009 6:54 AM

    So many of you that are insulting Chris Henry need to take a look at your own selves ,because I can’t believe that anyone who is heartless enough to insult a guy the day after he died doesn’t have a whole slate of problems themselves.
    I hope you fix your problems and turn your life around instead of dumping on others.

  100. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 18, 2009 6:59 AM

    “Deb says:
    December 18, 2009 1:34 AM
    “Lamentable” means “unfortunate.” To most people, the death of a 26-year-old father of three does qualify as an unfortunate event.”
    That is also the final entry for the word “tragedy” and sure, if you pick just one part of it, maybe it sort of applies….but in the context of the rest of the entry, it does not.
    And the application of it is also a judgment call….as I said before, if Bubba from Mississippi does this, it’s “a stupid hillbilly doing something retarded after a fight with his baby mama”…..when an athlete does it, it’s “lamentable”.
    It’s bs.

  101. BonnieD says: Dec 18, 2009 7:11 AM

    Hey upyours: Until the crime scene investigators come out and say it was a suicide, there is no official cause of this accident. I find it hard to believe a witness who was not in the truck could hear perfectly everything that was said.
    also, his actions did back up his words. He gave up his old lifestyle and committed himself to his family.
    It is really coming home to me now how many judgemental, unfeeling people are really out there in the world. I can’t believe the horrible things people are willing to say about someone who has just died.

  102. Bender says: Dec 18, 2009 7:17 AM

    well he certainly is RIGHT.

  103. BengalFanInPittsburgh says: Dec 18, 2009 7:25 AM

    nfcbeast says:
    December 17, 2009 8:53 PM
    Well, what he said is true. Deal with it.
    Chris was nuttier than squirrel shit in the back of that truck.
    ===================
    And you know this how? You his cousin? Neighbor?
    The man lost his life. Have some compassion for another human being and keep your DISRESPECTFUL words to yourselves?

  104. Jag4Life says: Dec 18, 2009 8:03 AM

    Allen Iverson says: “We’re talking about a kicker, a kicker. Not a QB, not a RB, Not a WR, a kicker”

  105. BonnieD says: Dec 18, 2009 8:06 AM

    You all seem to be insinuating that Chris did something illegal when he died. He did not. Why do you think he got what he deserved?

  106. jabril1 says: Dec 18, 2009 8:21 AM

    all of you are a bunch of christian idiots, just like the christian idiot that made the comment. going through this world with your “holier than thou” attitudes. why? for what reason? because you think you are going to sleepy land when you die and have milk and cookies and everyone else is going to burn?
    regardless of how you saw this person, why spout off your negativity? oh, i know this is america, so don’t reply with that BS. it is because you see yourself as better than someone because you go to first baptist tabernacle mississippi squirrel revival….looooooooser.
    wow…what a bunch of loser idiots. your asses are going nowhere but in the ground just like the rest of us. BOO! since you believe in holy ghost (wow…what losers)
    all of you cheat on your wives and smoke crack in your closets, jump in your lexus for a little sunday feel-good, and think you can be so judgemental about someone else? wow…one thing i DO know is that if there was such a thing, Jesus wouldn’t have ANY of your asses on judgement day. but a person like this, a REAL person, who admitted his short-comings and all the faults people like you had with him, would be accepted by Jesus with open arms, while YOU were sent to burn for being the hypocrites you are. you are a pathetic and pitiful bunch. why don’t you actually try reading your bible before thinking you are authorized to speak in such a way. losers.

  107. ochentacinco says: Dec 18, 2009 9:01 AM

    I hope this doesn’t mess up Feely’s mojo. I have him in my fantasy playoffs. Should I play Garrett Hartley instead?

  108. tv says: Dec 18, 2009 9:16 AM

    It was Henry who was at fault for falling/flinging himself out of that truck – it was the fault of the truck/pavement/gravity/society…..etc…..etc. – take your pick.
    The great thing about this country is that people have free speech and can say what they want. I just love the uber-liberals who want every personal freedom but at the same time want to censor someone who says something they don’t like.
    Feely spoke the truth. Was it insensitive? Probably. But that doesn’t change the fact that it was the truth. Get over it and get a life.

  109. finsbooyah says: Dec 18, 2009 9:25 AM

    You are all missing the point of this article…
    Feely tweeted. He tweeted! How can you have any respect for a grown man who tweets?

  110. cdstraha says: Dec 18, 2009 10:19 AM

    Do people realize that men and women have addictive personality traits. We crave and need things in every day life. certain people are addicted to drugs and booze , Chris was addicted to drama and he craved it. You can try to run and change but all it takes is too fall back into bad habits and it cost him his life, while sad because you want to believe that people can change chris could not , we should take the lesson here and use it because this situation happens all the time , chris just happens to be NFL football player. Rest In peace Chris

  111. youngblackprez says: Dec 18, 2009 10:21 AM

    really just because someone has prior charges that doesnt grant everyone the right to judge him. its funny how everyone is perfect except for athletes, i hate the microscope we watch peoples lives through, what if us regulair people were chased by cameras and had our lives displayed on the news, you would hate it, some of you love your job and you teach school or are lawyers or doctors or whatever. football is a job, yeah you make crazy amounts of money but so do CEO’s, the point is, give the man and is family some respect, the same respect you would want and expect…. but now that i think about it, most of you probably have really sucky lives and you hate yourself, how could you have compassion for some one else?

  112. Kryptoid says: Dec 18, 2009 11:47 AM

    I don’t feel sorry on bit. Guy was a moron…..suspended 4 times…..missed 14 games due to it…..if i was given a chance to play and make multimillions i wouldn’t act like this moron did. I shouldn’t have to feel any compassion or show respect for someone that didn’t even respect his own life or those around him. Wonder how many times he whooped his wifes a**?

  113. West TX says: Dec 18, 2009 11:57 AM

    I wouldn’t want to be kicking off for the NYJ vs. Bengals come January 3rd — another careless guy could get killed in that role also.

  114. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 18, 2009 11:59 AM

    “Chris henry would be wearin prison orange if it wasn’t for the nfl ”
    He was wearing prison orange, the Bengals orange.

  115. CurseofBoJackson says: Dec 18, 2009 12:40 PM

    First, redsquare and tatum have it right.
    Second, kryptpoid – “I I I I I I I I,” it is apparent what is important to you, it’s you, and only you.
    “I shouldn’t have to feel any compassion or show respect for someone that didn’t even respect his own life or those around him. Wonder how many times he whooped his wifes a**?”
    Really? That’s how you want to rep yourself? As a cold prejudiced (not racist necessarily, but you’ve judged him without knowing ANYTHING) person who cares not for a young man with a family that lost his life (regardless of how it happened jack ass)?
    My My My, how many people here have outed themselves as judgemental-high horse riding-never made a mistake they can’t explain away-assholes? My estimation is at least fifty, how I’m amazed I don’t know, I guess I just figured that a young man dying before his time would evoke even hard ass pricks like kryptoid to excercise some tact and empathy. What a sad world we live in, good luck being perfect folks, did you need a lift getting back up on your horse?
    As for Jay, good move genius, it’s not necessarily a terrible andecdote, but he didn’t know the guy, so he had no idea how close to the edge he was living, save for less than five minutes of his life. I’ll send good thoughts your way on 1/3, you’ll need ‘em. Here’s to “Roughing the kicker!”

  116. Kryptoid says: Dec 18, 2009 3:20 PM

    Looks like a thug, acts like a thug, dies like a thug….boo hoo…..just glad Tiger didn’t drive a truck

  117. Kryptoid says: Dec 18, 2009 3:38 PM

    Oh and heres what i do know about this young mans life:
    2005: Marijuana possession
    2006: gun charges
    2006: Contributing to minors
    2006: DWI
    2007: Assault
    2008: Assault
    Plus he died while his wife was trying to get away from him.
    Now you call it a sad world that some people don’t share pitty for him? Its a sad world that one would paise or have respect for this type of life.

  118. Real Football Fan says: Dec 18, 2009 8:27 PM

    Wow, there are a lot of down low racists in here. What race has to do with this man dying is beyond me, but leave it to the racists to crow bar that ignorant shit into any conversation.
    The man’s dead, what’s the point? Feely is a moron. Death is a time for reflection. Also, for those saying it’s his right, sure is, but it’s still tacky. Furthermore, if it’s not words he’d speak directly to Henry’s family, he should shut up, keep that shit to himself.

  119. Deb says: Dec 18, 2009 11:27 PM

    @MikeF …
    Thanks, but if I ever need help with a rewrite, I’ll hire someone who has better reading- comprehension skills. “Holier-than-thou” is Feely’s stock-in-trade, not mine. But you did get one thing right: I do think he’s a slimy opportunist.

  120. Deb says: Dec 18, 2009 11:31 PM

    @TFBuckFutter …
    You tried to be a smart ass by posting a dictionary definition you obviously don’t understand–but are still trying to make relevant. It wasn’t. Each part of that sentence carries equal weight. I didn’t pull out a small part for my own use. Like it or not, Chris Henry’s death–by definition–qualifies as a tragedy and there’s no kinda/sorta about it.
    What’s really sad is that you assume I wouldn’t feel exactly the same way about Bubba in Mississippi as I do about Henry. I grew up barefoot in the Florida orange groves. My dad’s from the Alabama hills–from a town that still isn’t fully integrated. But I’m capable of feeling for both the Bubbas of the world and for the Chris Henrys, regardless of their color or background.

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