With the advent of social media and 24-hour cable news networks, it seems we are just constantly inundated with the latest “hot take.”

Many turn to sports as an escape from all of that, but even here many athletes get caught up in controversy.

And now Bengals QB Joe Burrow couldn’t help but give his two cents on this red-hot political issue and fans are livid.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, most recently known for leading the team to the Super Bowl last year before a tough loss to the Los Angeles Rams, opened up about his thoughts on gun control in a recent press conference.

Burrow was asked by a member of the media (because, of course he was), “There’s been a lot of conversation, franchises across all sports, and talk about gun reform a little bit in various ways or another especially after a lot of the events the last couple weeks. Is that been something that you all had a conversation about in the locker room or even you personally with others around you? What’s that been like?”

Burrow replied, “No, I really haven’t talked about that part much. I think, you know, with everything that’s going on if you’re not gonna outlaw everything, you gotta at least make it harder to get those crazy guns that everybody’s using. I don’t think you should be able to just walk in there and buy one. You gotta be able to go through a rigorous process to be able to buy something like that, I think. Hopefully, the people that get paid to make those decisions figure that out. My job is to play football, but hopefully the politicians can figure that one out.”

These comments upset some fans who were quick to share their thoughts on social media.

One fan called the quarterback an “uninformed millennial” and pointed out that cities with the strictest gun laws in the country also have a high rate of gun violence.

Another fan said he would love to take Burrow shooting and also educate him about the process of buying a gun, saying, “Just so you know, you can’t just go into a store and buy a gun, you have to fill out and complete a background check as well as sign a booklet that every gun store needs to keep recording your purchase. I’d love to take you shooting to educate you on this process.”

The gun control debate has been raging since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last month, where a lone gunman claimed the lives of 19 children.

Joe Burrow’s comments add more fuel to the never-ending fire surrounding the subject.

And provide further evidence that athletes ought to just stick to their day jobs and keep their mouths shut about politics.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.