A cliff jump by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his 6-year-old daughter was either an exhilarating adventure or an "irresponsible" parenting decision, depending on who watched the footage.
He captioned the post, "If Vivi is going to be an Olympic champion one day, it probably won’t be in synchronized diving." He added, "Daddy always gives her a 10 though!"
In the video, Brady asks his daughter, "Ready?" The two hold hands and Brady counts to three; Vivian hesitates before he jumps, and his daughter is pulled in after him.
The 41-year-old comments under the video, “I didn’t want to be the first Brady to fall off a cliff!”
A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jul 19, 2019 at 1:26pm PDT
The video shocked some, who thought Vivian, whose mom is Gisele Bündchen, could have swung too close to the rocks had Brady not been holding onto her.
Even Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson weighed in.
He wrote: "You KNOW I have complete faith in you as a man, friend, player and father – but this just gave me anxiety. Geeezus." He added a laughing/crying emoji and two applause emojis.
Others were more pointed in their criticism on Instagram.
"It looks like he yanked her like a rag doll," said one person. "That was scary."
Twitter user @DTCahill goes on a two-fisted attack of the leap, calling it "irresponsible."
Anything for a selfie ...
This irresponsible act follows Brady’s dimwitted wife posting pics of their children riding horses without helmets.
Tom Brady DRAGS daughter off dangerous cliff after she hesitates before jump#DumbJock https://t.co/o8oh4PsTuH
— Donna Cahill (@DTCahill) July 20, 2019
Still other fans likened what they saw to abuse.
"Bad parenting? His daughter almost broke her arm. NFL should consider punishment," wrote @newBsearl.
Other fans balked at the criticism, some citing the height of the cliff.
"I don't see the big deal surrounding this," said @BassBass888.
I don't see the big deal surrounding this. Jees it wasn't much of a "Cliff" .
— Barbara Bass (@BassBass888) July 21, 2019
One Twitter user said that people are sensitive these days and that father and daughter were OK.
"Relax people," wrote @activethinknet. "She was fine. And is fine. I can remember stuff like that back in the 60’s."
Relax people. She was fine. And is fine. I can remember stuff like that back in the 60’s. Neg reactions are off spring of PC BS.
— Michael McKearney (@activethinknet) July 20, 2019
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tom Brady shamed for 'irresponsible' cliff diving with his daughter, 6