Parsons, who will wear number 11, reposted a photo on his Instagram account of veteran teammate Jaylon Smith, who recently changed his uniform to number 9.
The caption read: “September 11 is so scary,” according to TheSpun.com.
Parsons, 22, said he was referring to what could be one of the best linebacker combinations in the NFL and the key to overturning a historically bad 2020 Cowboys defense.
But several fans read it as a reference to the terrorist attacks.
“Men are sick” Parsons wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “I will never disrespect my country in any [way!] I was supporting my teammate and the jersey numbers! The vet and the recruit! If you took any offense, I apologize to everyone involved.
Smith wore the No.9 in Notre Dame and would pay almost six figures to redeem the inventory of the remaining No.54 jerseys and t-shirts. A recently changed NFL rule extended the use of single-digit numbers beyond quarterbacks and specialists, prompting many players in the league to switch numbers.
Parsons was selected 12th in the 2021 NFL Draft after some teams, including the Giants, conveyed arguably the best defensive perspective in the class due to character concerns that stretched back to high school, when he allegedly shouted ” Gun! ”In a cafeteria and was suspended for“ incitement to riot ”.