Earlier this morning it was brought to my attention that a irreprehensible tweet was sent out to WR/Torrey Smith by a Patriot fan (who’s twitter handle shall remain unnamed) after Smith’s 19 year old brother Tevin was killed in a motorcycle accident the night prior to the Patriots vs Ravens Sunday Night Football showdown. The tweet was sent after the Patriots dropped their 2nd regular season game in a row, a stat that hasn’t happened since 2003. The tweet read like this “Hey Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him all about your wi—0ohhhh wait. #toosoon?”
I am as big a fan of the New England Patriots as it comes, but this tweet was senseless and immature among other things. It is fans and tweets like this that would give any team fans a bad name and there is just no place for it. Patriots owner Robert Kraft prides himself on giving back and always improving his teams image to the best of his ability and in my opinion I am sure he expects the same from Patriot fans. This particular tweet was wrong on so many levels and I would like to personally apologize to Torrey Smith on behalf of this Baltimore resident/Patriot fans mistake. Not all of Patriots Nation is heartless, even after losses in rivalry games. My heart was going out to Smith in Sunday nights game each and every time they flashed the camera on him weeping and sitting forlorn. I even benched him on my fantasy team after imagining what he must be going through and thinking that there was probably no way he was going to be in it totally….boy was I wrong. The show Smith put on was commendable and unbelievable all in one, hats off to him. Even though it hurt my own team, I have to give credit where credit was due. Smith was inspiration on the field this past Sunday for all of us regardless of which team we pull for, and frankly, there is more to life than just football no matter how big of a fan you and I are.
I write this in hopes that other Patriot Nation fans will reach out to Torrey Smith via twitter and show our teams and fans true class by offering our apologies and prayers for his family during this horrific time. This is not the image of the Patriots team and I don’t want it to be our fans image either. Look beyond the red and blue for a few minutes and let Torrey Smith and Ravens fans know that we do not condone this behavior by fellow fans and instead choose to cheer on our team with integrity and pride.