Ayanbadejo apologizes for anti-Patriots rant

Ayanbadejo apologizes for anti-Patriots rant
January 14, 2013, 11:45 am
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Next up a return to Foxboro

Brendon Ayanbadejo on Monday backtracked faster than a linebacker dropping into coverage, trying to take back his Twitterverse barbs against the Patriots that he had launched on Sunday night.

In case you missed it, the Ravens linebacker took to Twitter on Sunday night to take some shots at the Patriots, calling their offense a "gimmick" and recalling the Patriots' spygate controversy of a few years ago. He also ripped the team for cutting receiver Tiquan Underwood the day before the Super Bowl last year.

Whether good night's sleep or a stern talking-to from coach John Harbaugh were factors is unclear, but on Monday, Ayabadejo tweeted: "I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization. For that I apologize."

The Ravens, fresh off their stunning overtime win at Denver, travel to New England to face the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Ayanbadejo is active on Twitter, with more than 16,000 posts. He has been an outspoken advocate of same-sex marriage and routinely debates issues such as free speech in  140 character or less with his roughly 33,000 Twitter followers.

Still, his rants seemed out of character and poorly timed, as the Ravens don't need to be handing any motivation to a Patriots team that is 7-1 in AFC Championship games.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, for one, wouldn't wade into the fray, instead opting to "ignore the noise."

Brady told New England radio station WEEI that, "We’ve had a lot of people comment about our team and our players this year. I think the best thing that we do is ignore the noise and go out and try to prepare. Nothing really that anybody says or does is going to affect what happens next Sunday."