Hundreds of Patriots fans Tweet support for Ravens' Smith

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Hundreds of Patriots fans Tweet support for Ravens' Smith

I had orders to write a story on "Patriots fans" who, after the Ravens beat the Patriots on Sunday, wrote nasty things to Ravens WR Torrey Smith on Twitter about his brother's death.

I wasn't thrilled about it. The last thing I want to do is give idiots the publicity they want in the first place. The only thing worse than an incompetent fool is one with a platform to speak on, and unfortunately that's what Twitter allows.

Celebrities and athletes deal with "hate" on a daily basis on Twitter. Some deal with it better than others, but none should have to deal with the attacks Smith had to sift through on his "interactions" page.

It's pretty disgusting to think that a human being can stoop that low, but here we are.

Played a lot of games since my brothers death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday...yet NE fans cry about class Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 22, 2013
Smith has every right to feel that way about Patriots fans. The generalization is unfortunate, but anybody that crosses that line and gets that personal over a game really needs to take a look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves what's really important in life.

But this article isn't meant to hand out life lessons.

I decided to scroll through @torreysmithWR's mentions to see some of the hate tweets directed at him. Finally, after scrolling for what seemed like forever, I came across some.

No, I won't link to them.

Instead, I'll link to reason why it took me so long to find the hecklers: the hundreds and hundreds of tweets that real Patriots fans (and other fans) sent to Smith apologizing for the actions of the "NE fans" who tweeted about his dead brother.

These Patriots fans won't get the same national recognition as the hecklers did, but that's OK.

They aren't looking for recognition, just separation from the idiots.

Aren't we all?

Good luck, Torrey Smith.

Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships. 

“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”

Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows: 

"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."