Chris Cooley posted a picture of his genitals on his website.
Writing and journalism professors always preach that the first line of any story or article should catch the reader's attention. How did that one work for you?
Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley has released a public apology for a little SNAFU that happened during the innocent task of trying to serve Redskins' fans more than they are used to: their playbook. It just so happened to come with a side of genitals.
According to Cooley, he had wanted to show the readers of his blog some of the study materials and plays that are given to players by Coach Jim Zorn.
It is no shock to football fans that players are more than just meatheads that are told simple one word commands like: catch, hit, and run. Players need to study. Some players like to study poolside, others perhaps in a group. Cooley happens to like to study in the nude.
And, as it often does, inspiration struck while Cooley was as naked as the day he was born, looking down at his naked lap, "I gotta take a picture of this and post it on the internet."
That's not to say that pictures of genitals is a new idea for the internet, but most sites require viewers to pay to see the bits and pieces of athletes and celebrities.
Cooley removed the photo as soon as the error was noticed and released the statement that posting the picture was "by no means our intention and we did not want to offend anyone. The picture wouldn't have been up for so long, but we were in the middle of winning a big game. Once again, this was a complete accident and we regret not reviewing the post more closely. Thanks."
Both pre- and post-edit pictures can be seen here. Don't worry kids, Cooley's helmet is covered and it just illustrates exactly what bloggers saw that fated day.