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.