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Tony Hawk creates a stir with photos of him skating with his 4-year-old daughter

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Tony Hawk is arguably the greatest professional skateboarder of all time, but even the greatest make mistakes. That’s why the photo you see above — which Hawk posted on his Instagram account earlier this week — has been met with a great deal of backlash.

There’s nothing wrong with Hawk having fun with his daughter in his private skate park, but some of his 3 million followers were outraged by the fact that the young child was not wearing a helmet or any other safety equipment. Hawk later added this photo with the following message:

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“For those that say I endanger my child: it’s more likely that you will fall while walking on the sidewalk than I will while skating with my daughter,” he wrote.

At least there were no idiotic reporters around to flatten little kids on skateboards like this one did, but I can see both sides of the argument. Tony has been skating his entire life and feels just as comfortable on his board as we do in our sneakers, and we wouldn’t make our kids wears helmets when they are running around. That being said, it probably wouldn’t hurt to teach her some proper safety techniques at a young age.

H/T The Post Game



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  • Chukkal

    Why is he wearing a heavy jacket and the child’s back is hanging out?  Good dad?  Not so sure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmock13 Beth Mock

    Cry me a river! It’s his kid. How many dangerous things did everyone else do when they were kids? Sometimes we got hurt, but most of us grew up laughing about it and are now able to share some pretty great stories when our noses aren’t stuck to the screens of our phones. Pop the bubble wrap and let your kids have some fun every now and then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17209600 Robyn Hoth

    She’s most in danger of feeling loved.  “Hooray!” for a dad who shares fun times with his daughter.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RVCQR6TTJ7DCQMZJKYDNCW6PCQ Rory

    Tony – I would venture to say that those people that disapproved of the photo also get out of the shower to take a pee.