Vinnie Jones is a loaded legend. One of the last old school, hard-as-nails footballers to grace the Premier League, he’s even forged a career as a film star in movies like Snatch, Gone in 60 Seconds and X-Men: The Last Stand since hanging up his boots.
Unfortunately, no one is talking about that right now. All they are talking about is the photograph that popped up on his Twitter feed.
It depicts 100 foxes, shot dead and lined up in a row and it’s caused outrage among anti-hunting groups.
Captioned: “A real night lamping #foxes anyone beat this?” The offending image was quickly taken down but not before prompting uproar online.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Philippa King, CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports, condemned the images. “The extermination of such a large number of foxes cannot be interpreted as simply dealing with a rogue fox problem or wildlife management.
“Although the activity may be legal, there is no doubt it is unethical and likely totally unjustified – as fox populations are self-regulating.
“The joy expressed here highlights the true nature of this activity, which is killing wildlife for fun and has nothing to do with fox control.”
Jones has since taken to social media to claim that the images were actually the result of a hack. “I have just woke to see these tweets with fox pics, this is a hack ive never seen this pic in my life and did NOT twwet it is a HACK !!!!!” he said.
“I am very sorry for the distress this HACKED picture has caused everyone i DONOT condone it in anyway” He was quick to highlight that the photo may have been taken on the other side of the world.
“On going research has shown the picture was taken in australia AND loaded to the internet in australia more research to follow.”
Not everyone is convinced though. After all, Jones is a keen hunter and pigeon shooter and, as one Twitter user noted, he has been known to post images of himself alongside dead animals in the past.
He’s even spoken with glee to Shooting UK about his so-called “perfect day” which seems to involve a lot of shooting and a lot of killing of foxes.
“My perfect day would be to get up early, get the hide out, shoot pigeons all day, bagging 200, then go lamping all night and get half-a-dozen foxes.”
It seems Jones still has some way to go if he is to convince fans he really was hacked.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.