Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/20/12

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: “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

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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