After the emotional loss of his brother before the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots squared off on Sunday Night Football, Torrey Smith's status was uncertain. Understandably so, as the loss of a family member takes precedence over almost all other commitments in this world.
Smith, amid a heavy heart and what can only be described as a selflessness that makes sports great, proceeded to have the game of his life. He finished the night with six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns, easily the highlight of his professional career, even more so if you consider the circumstances.
The Ravens were able to win the game 31-30, giving the media a nice storyline and Smith something to help keep his mind off of what's certain to be three of the hardest days of his life.
But it was what happened after the game, through social media, that spurred a Twitter fire and made this writer question the eye in which we view the sports world.
Twitter only gives us 140 characters to express our thoughts, likely to help keep down on rants and preserve originality.
It's funny how 140 characters can be so ugly.
Following the final outcome, one Patriots fan took to the keyboard, where she proceeded to use a tragedy to make herself feel better about her team not walking away with the victory.
The tweet has since been removed, and the account of the offender has been protected so you can no longer see her tweets. Here's a copy of the text inside the tweet (via USA Today), sent out Sunday night following the conclusion of Sunday Night Football.
"Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him about your wi--- ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?"
Classless. Ridiculous. Atrocious.
All those words come to mind when thinking about the mindset of someone in regards to the loss of a family member and how that has anything to do with the outcome of a football game.
For those of you who want to tar and feather Twitter, so to speak, the link to the account can be found here. But in the spirit of not falling into the same trap that this girl so obviously couldn't avoid, take a step back and think, "Is it worth it?"
This kind of attitude is prevalent on Twitter every day. Sports fans bash each other, mostly with good intentions, but what are we supposed to think when the line is crossed?
KatieBrady12 apologized relentlessly on the site following the countless re-tweets and mentions she was getting regarding her post. She removed it, took some time to recant, and was then forced to make her site private. I venture to guess she may delete it before the end of the week.
It just goes to show you what's wrong with sports today. The problem is two-fold: Twitter goes everywhere in the world, and when you say something that prioritizes football over a man's life, you can't really take it back, whether you meant it or not.
Take a step back next time you get into it with a rival fan. Ask yourself, "Is it worth it?" The answer is probably no, especially if you are resorting to low blows and personal attacks when the purpose of the game is to decide it on the playing field.
I'm certainly not qualified to give personal advice about how to handle business on Twitter, in a bar fight or otherwise. But take KatieBrady12 as a reminder of what happens when your passion for the game outweighs your compassion for life.
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