by Aaron Wilson
February 05, 02014
You can argue the Broncos were embarrassed by the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, even if Peyton Manning would take offense to that term.
As far as the animal right advocacy group PETA is concerned, Joe Namath was the most embarrassing part of the spectacle of Super Bowl XLVIII. Namath wore a $3,000 fur coat that television viewers got to see during the pre-game coin toss.
PETA decided to lash out at Namath, and like it has in the past, it didn't hold back.
The real embarrassment on Sunday was Joe Namath’s caveperson coat," the PETA statement read. "No matter what he spent on that eyesore, the animals who were trapped, bludgeoned, electrocuted, or skinned alive for their fur paid a lot more—the ultimate price, in fact—and viewers across the country agree that it was too high a price, as demonstrated by the outpouring of anti-fur messages that hit Twitter the second that Namath’s coat hit the screen.
"PETA is asking Joe, who swore off fur when his wolf-skin bedspread horrified his fans decades ago, to donate the coat so that we can give it a proper burial. From the tweets, we also bet that the next time Namath is looking for a game-day look, he’ll reach for something that will make people feel warm and fuzzy about him and not remember the warm and fuzzy animal who died for that awful look."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.