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It’s well known that professional football players need to be super tough. Miami Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler is no exception. Off the field, however, he sounds like a complete sweetheart, like when he recently stood up for his baby mama and her breastfeeding selfie.

According to TMZ Sports, Philip’s girlfriend, model Ashley Nichole, posted this photo taken while breastfeeding their infant son on Instagram, along with the message, “Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called… Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeautiful." She was then lambasted on social media.

As the photo quickly went viral, some obviously not in agreement with Ashley started trashing the model mom, blasting her for showing what they deemed a “too-intimate” picture. When contacted by TMZ Sports for comment, Philip was quick to rush to his love’s defense, saying, “I wish everybody would just leave it alone, she's a model. She takes pictures for a living."

Wheeler pointed out that supermodel Gisele Bundchen posted a very similar photo just a few months ago without enduring the same social media backlash. Meanwhile, Ashley told TMZ Sports that she has no wish to take the photo down. You go, Ashley! If we had a 6’ 2”, 240 pound pro athlete who hits people for a living in our corner, we’d feel pretty comfortable saying, “Haters gonna hate,” too.

Source: TMZ Sports