A photo purported to feature Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler simultaneously drinking a beer and feeding an infant is making the rounds in the blogosphere and social media-o-sphere (we really need better ways to refer to the internet, everybody) today.
Here’s the picture in question:
Before everyone gets excited, let’s all take a moment and contemplate the reality that that’s probably not Jay Cutler. Sorry, but that’s the truth.
Sure, Cutler is perhaps the second-douchiest NFL player — Tony Romo is the undisputed number one and Tim Tebow doesn’t qualify because he’s not an NFL player — and it would be an awful lot of fun to laugh at his horrible parenting, but he’s not an idiot. Do you really think he’d allow anyone to take a photo of him doing such a (probably harmless, but nonetheless) stupid thing? And even if he did pose for a photo, do you think he’d allow it to be posted online for the world to see?
Cutler may be a douche, but he’s an intensely private douche. He deleted his Twitter account last year. He and wife Kristen Cavallari (The Hills) hate getting their photos taken by paparazzi:
Though the guy in the beer-baby photo does look like Cutler, and Cutler does have a young child, the fact is that the photo just isn’t clear enough to conclusively say who its subject is. The guy in the photo has a middle-America frat-boy look that’s shared by millions of other young fathers. It could be Cutler (unlikely) or it could be some regular dude (very likely).
Sorry, NFL fans outside of the Windy City. We’ll just have to wait for the next dumb thing Cutler does on the field and on television to get our mocking game on. Come September and the start of the 2013 NFL season, we probably won’t have to wait too long.