NYC public university program director denies being man in pantsless photo

The NYC public university program director claims he’s not the man with no pants in the photo he posted to Twitter with the caption ‘no kids were present for this blackmail photo “

  • J. Michael Steele, 52, of the City University of New York, posted a photo on Thursday of a man walking around a classroom with no pants on
  • Steele joked about the hot weather while posting a photo of the pantless man, who was wearing only sneakers, a shirt and a face mask
  • He has since taken the photo and denied being the man in the photo
  • CUNY apologized for the educator post and said the school system is taking appropriate action in response to the incident

The director of the City University of New York program aimed at exposing young students to college courses denied being the man with no pants in a tweet he posted on social media.

J. Michael Steele, 52, who works for CUNY’s Early College Initiative, posted a photo of a man walking around a classroom without pants, wearing only a striped shirt, black sneakers and a mask COVID.

Providing as little context as possible, Steele used the image to poke fun at the 90-degree temperature in New York City.

‘When it’s hot outside and inside. It’s Pom Pom shorts time,’ Steele tweeted Thursday. “No children were present for this blackmail photo.”

He told the New York Post that he wasn’t the man in the photo, but he wouldn’t say who the poorly dressed man was. The man in the photo, however, has a tattoo on his left arm similar to Steele’s.

J. Michael Steele, 52, of the City University of New York, posted a photo on Thursday of a man walking around a classroom with no pants on

Steele (above) participates in CUNY's Early College initiative, which offers students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to take college-prep courses.  He has since taken the picture and denied being the man with no pants

Steele (above) participates in CUNY’s Early College initiative, which offers students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to take college-prep courses. He has since taken the picture and denied being the man with no pants

CUNY has since taken

Steele shows off a tattoo on his left arm similar to that of the man with no pants

CUNY apologized for the educator post and said appropriate action was now being taken

The post sparked outrage online, prompting CUNY to step in and apologize for the incident.

“This post was brought to our attention and subsequently deleted and appropriate action is being taken,” the university said in a statement. “CUNY is committed to providing an appropriate learning environment for all of its students.”

Steele, a former teacher and principal from Massachusetts and Detroit, worked for 10 years with students in grades 6 through 12, helping them take college-prep courses that earn them college credit.

Following the backlash, Steele has since deleted the post and made his Twitter account private.

CUNY officials said the university does not comment on personnel matters when discussing Steele’s position.

Although the original post no longer exists, it was retweeted, with many taking to social media to further ridicule the pantsless man, while others expressed frustration at the partial nudity in a public school.

Twitter user Tess T. Eccles-Brown mocked the man in a sarcastic tweet applauding him for his commitment to staying comfortable to create a proper teaching environment.

“I wish all teachers were as comfortable with themselves as this guy,” she wrote. ‘Imagine how free he feels. A great environment to learn!’

Many took to social media to express their outrage and mock their pantsless man

Many took to social media to express their outrage and mock their pantsless man

Another Twitter user with the handle, Noctis Draven, appeared stunned by the photo, writing, “Seems like a legit place to take a picture like this…Do people happily send their kids to these places??? [Like]really???’

A Twitter user going by Ben was far more critical, tweeting: ‘A legitimate psychological evaluation would be a good addition to the screening process for these people.’

Another person with The Dunadan handle on Twitter couldn’t help but join in on the dozens of sarcastic comments about the man with no pants.

“I am deeply envious of his high level of professionalism,” they wrote.

Twitter user Maze, however, took a direct swipe at the man in the photo, tweeting, “It takes a lot of balls to do something so stupid.” At second glance, no.

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