It didn’t take long for Brendon Ayanbadejo to realize his mistake.
He’d just gone on a rant on Twitter about the New England Patriots while watching their playoff win over the Houston Texans last weekend.
The Ravens had already clinched a berth in the AFC title game. Ayanbadejo, a linebacker and key special-teams player, criticized the Patriots’ quick-snap offense, calling it a “gimmick” and equating it to sucker punching someone in a fight.
Coach John Harbaugh wanted to see him immediately. The Ravens and Patriots will rematch for the AFC championship on Sunday. The Patriots won last year, 23-20.
“It was something that came off in a negative light so I just made an apology to my teammates and to the organization for representing us in a selfish manner,” Ayanbadejo said. “I knew Coach Harbaugh had wanted to talk to me and what not. I knew once I tweeted. Then the fans started bantering back at me and I started back at them and I was having a good time doing it. It became something bigger than it really was so it was the right thing to do, to make an apology.”
Ayanbadejo is one of the Ravens’ most outspoken players when it comes to hot-button social and political issues.
“I go on Twitter quite often and engage in usually positive things and talk about things people don’t want to talk about, whether we’re talking about gun control or same sex marriage,” said Ayanbadejo, who supports both. “Also when I’m watching games, whether it’s NBA, college football, (college) basketball, MMA, I make my opinions.
“But when it comes to football I’m not a fan. I can’t tweet like I’m a fan. This time it bit me in the butt. I made it right and now we’re moving on to the AFC championship game and, hopefully, to New Orleans (for the Super Bowl) as well.”